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More than half of all streaming boxes sold are Apple TVs

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Apple (S AAPL) TV accounts for 56 percent of all streaming devices sold worldwide, according to select data from the Consumer Video Devices Market report published by market research outlet Frost & Sullivan this week. Roku is a not-so-close second with 21.5 percent of all global device sales.


Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn thinks that the success of the Apple TV device has a lot to do with the popularity of iPads and iPhones:

“Apple TV’s AirPlay feature was strategically crafted to simplify the process of transferring laptop and tablet displays to a TV screen, and it is AirPlaying – not (online video) streaming – that is the primary reason for purchase of Apple TV devices.”

The executive summary of the report blogged by Rayburn doesn’t break out individual numbers for each vendor, but we know that Apple TV sold more than 13 million devices by the end of Q1 2013. Roku announced in April that it has now sold five million players in the U.S.. We don’t know how many devices Roku has sold outside of the country, but the company’s international presence is so far limited. Other vendors haven’t released any sales numbers, but Frost & Sullivan estimates that none of them sells more than one million devices per year.

Absent from this data are game consoles, which account for the lion share of online video streaming to the TV. Sony’s (S SNE) PS3 has long been the most popular device for Netflix streaming in terms of bandwidth consumed, followed by Microsoft’s (S MSFT) Xbox 360.

This story was updated at 11:35am to reflect that only the device sales data was released online this week. The report itself has been for sale since late April.

13 Responses to “More than half of all streaming boxes sold are Apple TVs”

  1. Green Gadget

    where are connected bluray players and tvs in the equation. I was streaming netflix from a bluray player a long time before apple and roku were on the scene.

    • BS Stops Here

      I seriously doubt that.

      I bought my first AppleTV in 2007—6 years ago. Been streaming for six years. When did you get that BlueRay player????

      • Green Gadget

        Thinking about it I was wrong my first Netflix device was my Toshiba HD DVD player so that’s what 8 years ago? Netflix started in 97 if I’m remembering correctly. So your AppleTv was first gen then? Did it have Netflix out of the box?

    • agreed. I use smart TVs in most rooms of my house to access Pandora and Netflix. Simple apps will allow your phone/tablet to show up as a network drive on your local WAN and either my Blu Ray player or Smart TV will stream from those devices as well.

      I don’t know many people that are buying streaming only devices. Seems consoles, Smart TV’s and Blu Ray players make up the majority. jmho.