Between spring 2014 and 2016 the number of homes in Europe’s biggest TV market equipped for DTH reception from the Hot Bird position increased from 2.4 million to 3.1 million. With nine out of ten of these homes already equipped with an HD screen the stage is set for an acceleration of HD growth.
In addition to its growing DTH base, Hot Bird has a 95% penetration of German cable homes and 100% penetration of IP homes. In total, 21.5 million of Germany’s 40.1 million TV homes receive channels from the Hot Bird position. The main drivers of its rising popularity are channel diversity, including English, Russian, Polish, Arabic, Turkish and Farsi TV channels, and an exceptional free-to-air offer of almost 400 channels.
The Eutelsat 9B satellite at 9 degrees East, Eutelsat’s second significant position for Germany, also showed growth to 4.7 million DTH, cable and IP homes, reflecting an almost 20% jump in 24 months. Eutelsat 9B is the satellite of choice for M7 Deutschland and multiple cable and IP network operators in Germany.
The Observatory also revealed rising interest in and awareness of Ultra HD by German TV viewers. Over 80% of TV homes (75% in 2014) declared they were familiar with Ultra HD.
“Our new analysis highlights the strong demand for satellite TV in Germany, with 2.5 million TV homes declaring an interest in switching to DTH reception over the next 12 months to benefit from channel diversity and image quality,” said Commenting on the results, Michel Azibert, Eutelsat Chief Commercial and Development Officer.
“More specifically for Eutelsat and our community of channels, the survey shows a clear growth trend at two of our longstanding video neighbourhoods, with more growth to come as HD accelerates and Ultra HD takes hold. This outcome encourages us to pursue our efforts to grow in Germany and to leverage new technologies and applications that connect our clients to their audience.”