Eighty three per cent of European satellite TV households are digital, according to the Satellite Monitor presented by SES Astra today at a London press conference. The figure is more than four times the cable average, where about 20% of all households are digital.
With a share of 58% of all digital households, including DTT, cable, DTH and IPTV, satellite represents the most popular digital reception mode.
Of the 239 million analogue and digital TV households counted across the examined 35 countries in Europe and North Africa, nearly 100 million are digital, and of these 56.8 million are digital satellite households. A total of 41.1 million of these homes receive digital services directly from Astra or Sirius satellites, and over 99% of European satellite TV channels are digital.
Overall, the combined satellite systems of Astra and Sirius serve 117.2 million analogue and digital homes in Europe and North Africa. A total of 50.3 million of these homes receive their signals directly from the satellites (DTH). The other 66.9 million homes receive signals through a satellite feed to cable head-ends.