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IPTV challenges DTT in France

May 24, 2018

From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

For the first time, IPTV reception has drawn level with DTT in France, registering a penetration rate of 55 per cent of TV homes in the second half of 2017, according to data from the CSA’s Observatory for audiovisual equipment.

The CSA forecasts that IPTV will rapidly become the primary TV reception mode on all the TV sets as this is already the case for households’ main TV set.

However, DTT remains crucial as it is the sole TV reception mode for 24 per cent of French homes. In the two-thirds of French regions, it is used in more than half of the homes and stays a favourite reception mode for 42.3 percent of secondary screens.

The TV set remains the most popular screen in French households with a presence in 94 per cent of homes. The penetration of alternative screens include computers (86 per cent of homes equipped), smartphones (78 per cent of people ages above 15) and tablets (in 48 per cent of homes).

Smart TVs are now being used in more than 65 per cent of French households, Some 27.8 per cent of smart TVs are directly connected to the web without passing through any other device i.e., STB, games console).

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