For the first time, Finland is now top of the chart of the most advanced European countries when it comes to switching off analogue. The country now has 88.0% digital penetration, just ahead of the United Kingdom with 83.2%, the former number one, according to the new edition of Television – International Key Facts from mediahouse IP.
The study says that at the end of 2007, 40.8% of all EU households were able to receive digital television. Satellite DTH still reigns supreme with 42% of all digital homes, but digital terrestrial is fast catching up (38%), cable still lags behind (16%) and IPTV closes the ranks with just 4%.
Germany, with 29.7%, is well below the western European average. In the Scandinavian countries, digitisation is progressing fast with countries now switching off all analogue terrestrial broadcasts.