At the end of the first quarter of 2010, 85.8% of the 27 million television households in France had at least one digital receiver in the home, be it DTT, satellite, cable or IPTV, according to research by Mediametrie on behalf of the media authority CSA.
During the first three months of the year, about 4 million people switched to digital. More than half of all French homes had at least one DVB-T receiver – 56.8%. The CSA said digital terrestrial (or TNT as the French call it) is “the motor behind digitisation”.
With analogue switch-over happening on a region-by-region basis, the number of people dependent on analogue terrestrial reception dropped from 9.3% to 7.9 % during the quarter.
In Bourgogne, where ASO will take place on November 16, 84.8 % of all homes already had digital reception equipment at the end of June. Two our of three homes (66.1 %) had a DVB-T receiver. 37.4 % of all homes in the region had at least one analogue receiver, while 11.5% were still solely dependent on analogue.
In Franche-Comté, where ASO will also take place on November 16, four out of five hones already had at least one digital receiver (79.1%) at the end of the second quarter. Here, 46 % of all viewers had already chosen for DTT reception. 29.1% still had at least one analogue receiver, while 11.3% were still dependent on analogue.