IPTV continues to win Dutch customers

November 26, 2013 18.52 Europe/London By Robert Briel

The number of digital TV homes in the Netherlands grew by 1.0% during the third quarter of 2013 to 6.61 million on September 30, 2013.

According to Telecompaper’s quarterly Dutch Television Market report, digital TV is now used by 85.3% of TV subscribers in the Netherlands, including 3.69 million cable subscribers who also have analogue TV connections.

Cable still accounted for over half (55.8%) of digital TV subscribers in Q3, despite losing market share due to the growing adoption of IPTV services over DSL and FTTH networks.

IPTV was the second most common way to receive TV, followed by satellite and terrestrial, which are both losing market share. FTTH, while growing its market share, remains in fifth place.

Ziggo was the largest TV provider at the end of the third quarter of 2013, both in the total TV market and the digital TV market. KPN, UPC and CanalDigitaal followed in the rankings.

“The digital TV market is expected to grow by around 5 percent during 2013 to 6.69 million connections at year-end,” said Telecompaper analyst and report author Kamiel Albrecht.

“While growth is slowing somewhat at the cable operators, the DSL and fibre providers continue to increase their TV customer numbers.”

Telecompaper estimates the retail revenues* for the consumer TV market totaled EUR 394 million in the third quarter of 2013, little changed compared to the second quarter of the year. The number of connections on the total TV market is expected to grow 0.2% over the full year 2013.