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flannel_flannel 14/08/2015 09:22 Page 1 EUROMEDIA DIGITAL MEDIA INTELLIGENCE PUBLISHER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Nick Snow MANAGING EDITOR Colin Mann CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Chris Forrester PUBLISHING ASSISTANT Nik Roseveare ART EDITOR Steve Overbury COLUMNISTS Larry Gerbrandt CONTRIBUTORS Robert Briel - Amsterdam Dieter Brockmeyer - Frankfurt David del Valle - Madrid Chris Dziadul Pascale Paoli-Lebailly - Paris Philip Hunter Joe O’Halloran Farah Jifri Branislav Pekic - Rome SALES DIRECTOR Sanjeev Bhavnani PUBLISHED BY Advanced Television Limited Unit N202 Westminster Business Square 1-45 Durham Street London SE11 5JH Tel: +44 (0)20 3567 1444 PRINTED BY Headley Brothers Ltd The Invicta Press Queens Road Ashford Kent TN24 8HH, UK Tel: +44 (0)1233 623131 Fax: +44 (0)1233 612345 © Advanced Television Limited 2015. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. In this issue, we turn to our annual survey of the state of the Set-Top and Home Gateway market and predictions for its future. One thing we all know; consolidation has continued in 2015, and is likely to continue further. Two of the top three STB makers have changed hands, illustrating that while some see the future in the cloud, others see a long life cycle still for CPE. Actually, the two views aren’t incompatible, for the cloud and CPE will increasingly work together – indeed will be inextricably linked. The choices will be about how thin the client device becomes and that will be dependent on what it is left to do. Some of how busy the HG or STB is will depend on how successful media and communications providers are in becoming the trusted partner to be the agents or proxies for managing the subscribers’ Smart Home in the era of the Internet of Things. Meantime, it is as well to remember that, while all the trends are to connectivity, most television for most of the word is still delivered in a one way transmission and most of the providers still want a Set-Top they control in their subscriber’s home. Everyone at Advanced Television joins his many journalistic colleagues in paying to tribute Steve Gold, our Telecom Watch columnist, who died earlier this year following heart surgery. Most famous for being charged with hacking Prince Philip’s Prestel (steam-driven email) account (the charges were thrown out), an