Digital TV grows in Germany

Jörn Krieger | 04-09-2012

Digital television has considerably increased its reach in Germany in the past 12 months, with 77.8% of TV households having now made the move, corresponding to 29.5 million households (2011: 25.5 million).

The share of households still receiving analogue television dropped from 32.2% to 22.2%. These figures were compiled by the German media authorities for their yearly digital reception report (Digitalisierungsbericht) unveiled at the consumer electronics fair IFA 2012 in Berlin.

A key driver behind the development was the analogue switch-off on 30 April 2012: 17.3 million households now receive digital television via satellite. The amount of digital TV households among cable customers rose by 6% to 48.2%, corresponding to 8.8 million households. The cable network is the last analogue TV distribution platform in Germany.

DTT was used by 12.5% of TV households (2011: 11.8%), corresponding to almost 5 million households, mainly in large cities where DTT offers most channel variety. IPTV is used by 1.6 million households, amounting to a market share of 4.3% (2011: 3%).

16.5% of TV households have a TV set with an Internet connection - either directly through the TV set or through a set-top box, blu-ray player or games console. More than half of those households actually make use of the Internet features, corresponding to 9.4% of all TV households.

The digitalisation report can be downloaded free of charge at in both the German and English languages.