Dutch digital connections up to 6.72m

The number of digital TV connections in the Netherlands grew by 0.9 per cent during the first quarter of this year to 6.72 million on 31 March, according to Telecompaper.

The total TV connections grew during the quarter to 7.74 million. The share of digital TV on the whole TV market has grown to 86.8 per cent, which includes 3.71 million cable subscribers who also have analogue TV connections. At the same time, the TV revenues grew slightly to end the first quarter with €402 million.

Fibre passed terrestrial during the first quarter to become the fourth largest digital TV technology in the Netherlands. Cable still accounted for over half (55.2 per cent) of digital TV subscribers, despite losing market share to fibre and DSL as networks for IPTV services. DSL was the second most common way to receive digital TV, followed by satellite.

The ranking of largest TV providers, both on the total market and on the digital market, stays unchanged. Ziggo is first, followed by KPN, UPC and CanalDigitaal.

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