Flat-screen TV sets reach break-through in Germany

Jörn Krieger | 29-08-2012

The boom of flat-screen TV sets continues in Germany: Four out of five households (78%) had a flat-screen set in early 2012, reports industry association BITKOM.

The share is expected to grow to 98% by 2016. One of the main reasons for the popularity is the high picture quality. "Flat-screen TV sets offer particularly sharp images through their high resolution," Michael Schidlack, TV expert at BITKOM said in Berlin. "What many users don't know: To obtain the maximum picture quality, the TV set requires videos in high resolution."

High-definition TV channels (HDTV) are only available via cable, satellite and IPTV in Germany, but not via DTT (DVB-T). For reception, viewers need either a receiver integrated into the TV set or a separate HD set-top-box.

Blu-ray discs also carry movies and other videos in HD quality. Conventional DVDs, however, aren't capable of providing HD images.