France: 70.3% have digital

By Robert Briel
October 9, 2009 08.10 UK

During the first quarter, 70.3% of all French households have at least one digital receiver, for cable, IPTV, satellote or DTT, according to research published by media authority CSA.

Almost one in four of all French homes are now completely dependent on digital reception (39%).

Only 17.2% of all homes are still dependent on analogue terrestrial reception this figure is down 11.9% as compared with the previous year.

Digital terrestrial reception is now up to 43.1%, mainly thanks to the free 18-channel offer.

In those areas where analogue broadcasts will be switched off next year, people are switching to digital. In the Alsace, where switch-off is planned for February 2, 72% of all viewers have a digital receiver, but only 4.5% is dependent on terrestrial reception.

In Lower Normandy, where ASO takes places on March 9, 2010, 51.5% of all homes now have digital terrestrial and 69.8% have at least one digital receiver.

In the Pays-de-la-Loire (May 18), the figures are 75,9% with a digital receiver and 57,4 % have DTT.

In Brittany (June 8), three out of four homes have a digital receiver, and 60.1% have digital terrestrial.