number of digital TV connections in the Netherlands grew by 0.8% during the second quarter to 6.76 million on 30 June 2014.

Digital TV was used by 87.7% of TV subscribers in the Netherlands, including 3.73 million cable subscribers who also have analogue TV connections. The total TV market grew to 7.71 million at the end of June 2014, according to Telecompaperís latest quarterly Dutch Television Market report.

Cable still accounted for over half (55.2%) of digital TV subscribers in Q2, despite losing market share due to the growing adoption of IPTV services over DSL and fibre networks. DSL was the second most common way to receive TV, followed by satellite, fibre and terrestrial.

Ziggo was the largest TV provider at the end of the second quarter of 2014, both in the total TV market and the digital TV market. KPN, UPC and CanalDigitaal followed in the rankings.

According to the researchers, the digital TV market will grow by around 3% during 2014 to almost 6.9 million connections at year-end. While growth is slowing somewhat at the cable operators, the DSL and fibre providers continue to increase their TV customer numbers.

Telecompaper estimates that the retail revenues (including basic TV subscriptions, pay-TV and video-on-demand) for the consumer TV market totalled EUR 407 million in the second quarter of 2014, slightly higher than in Q1 2014. The revenues are expected to continue to grow at a 0.3% CAGR until 2018.