The number of digital TV connections in the Netherlands rose 1.7% during the first quarter to 6.478 million homes, according to Telecompaper.
The total includes 3.67 million cable TV subscribers who also have an analogue TV connection. Almost 84% of all Dutch consumer TV connections use digital TV services. Telecompaper expects the number of digital TV connections to grow this year by 7.5% to around 6.85 million connections at year end.
Cable accounted for 56.6% of digital TV subscribers in Q1, despite losing market share due to the growing adoption of IPTV over DSL and FTTH services.
DSL is the second-largest technology on both the total and digital TV markets, followed by satellite and terrestrial. The latter are both losing market shares.
Ziggo remained the largest TV operator at the end of the quarter, both in the total TV market and the digital TV market, followed by KPN, UPC and CanalDigitaal.
Telecompaper estimates Q1 retail revenues for the consumer TV market at EUR 384 million, up 0.8 percent during the quarter.