With 17.28 million TV households, DTH satellite TV reaches a market share of 45.5% (2018: 17.49 million or 45.6%), as Astra satellite operator SES reports in the German edition of its Astra TV-Monitor 2019.
With 16.10 million TV households and a market share of 42.4%, cable television remained second place (2018: 16.18 million or 42.2%). IPTV recorded an increase of 300,000 to 3.08 million TV households in 2019. The number of DTT households declined by 370,000 to 1.52 million TV households.
“Satellite reception enjoys great popularity in Germany. Viewers wanting a wide range of channels in the best quality at a reasonable price are opting for satellite TV,” said Christoph Mühleib, managing director of Astra Deutschland. “And the reliability of the TV signal also plays a major role. The importance of having a stable infrastructure is particularly relevant in the current situation. Bandwidth constraints affecting TV reception are no concern for satellite households.”
The number of HD households in Germany rose to 31.96 million in 2019 (2018: 29.85 million). This means that 84% of all TV households in Germany received TV channels in HD quality.
Among German HD households, satellite TV is the leading distribution infrastructure with 14.65 million households reached, followed by cable (12.92 million), IPTV (2.87 million) and DTT (1.52 million). Compared to the previous year, this represents an increase of 2.11 million households.
Despite this clear growth, there is still a substantial HD gap in Germany: Over six million households can receive TV channels in SD resolution only.