Revenue for television set-top boxes hit an all-time high in 2013 as more consumers adopted Internet-centric boxes.
Sales of the devices, which connect television sets with broadcast channels, rose to $20.3 billion in 2013, a 3% increase over the previous year. That growth is expected to continue until at least 2015, according a report from IHS Technology.
"Far from being pushed out of the living room by Internet-enabled consumer electronics, [set-top boxes] are being repositioned as the hub of the connected home," said Daniel Simmons, director for Connected Home research at IHS.
The growth is mainly traced to widespread adoption of so-called “multimedia home gateways,” which combine traditional television options with Internet access, Wi-Fi connection and other modern technology. These numbers don't include streaming devices like Apple TV, Roku or
IHS also found that British company Pace shipped the most set-top box units in 2013, while U.S. networking equipment company Cisco lead the market in set-top box revenue.