Will the TV ever replace the STB?

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Despite ongoing predictions of cord cutting/shaving, STBs still securely deliver pay-TV content into the majority of homes. But TVs are becoming smarter by the day and device manufacturers would rather sell a new TV than a “cheap” STB. This is not new, but will this year be the one when the big screen wants a bigger role?

What would it take?
In essence the TV would need to take over all of the duties performed by the STB.

CI Plus dongle will be a game changer

CI Plus dongle will be a game changer

Imagine a world where Pay-TV operators are able to beat the OTT providers at their own game. Offering great content, better device reach and at a reduced operating cost. Making this reality isn’t that far away. The key is a new type of media streaming dongle.

Not all dongles are created equal
The popular HDMI dongle, e.g. Google’s ChromeCast, only allows the consumer to stream OTT content to a TV set using their smartphone, tablet or computer as a remote control. The CI Plus dongle, on the other hand, is more like a STB.