Satellite TV is more popular than ever in Germany after the country’s analogue switch-off that took place in April this year. According to the latest Satellite Monitor, satellite TV gained 100,000 households to reach 17.6 million in the first half of 2012. By contrast, cable TV reception declined further, from 17.3 million in December 2011 to 17 million households until the end of June 2012.
Digital terrestrial TV (DVB-T) benefited from the analogue switch-off and reached 2 million households by the end of June (from 1.8 million in December 2011). Internet Protocol television (IPTV) increased its reach to 1.4 million households (from 1.3 million at the end of 2011). The overall number of TV households in Germany increased slightly to 38 million (December 2011: 37.9 million). High definition TV (HDTV) is also on the rise, with 7.2 million or 41% of all satellite households in Germany watching HD content, compared to 5.9 million or 34% in December 2011.
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