Next-Gen IPTV Boxes Will Be Cheaper

The second generation of Mediaroom set-top boxes should cost less thanks to silicon from Microsoft partner Sigma Designs. Sigma has a system on a chip that helps lower the costs of silicon in a device by providing features such as storage, DRM and processing power, onto one chip. That drives down the costs of consumer premise equipment for IPTV deployment, which is good for the carriers and Microsoft, which is pushing its Mediaroom platform for IPTV. Let’s hope this carrier equipment doesn’t explode.