The German media authorities have called for analogue switch-off on the country’s cable networks in 2018 at the latest.
Germany’s second-largest cable operator Unitymedia will terminate analogue cable television in the first city in the second half of 2016.
Analogue cable TV distribution will be terminated in Austria by September 2016.
German cable and satellite industry association ZVEI Fachverband Satellit & Kabel expects the preconditions for nationwide analogue cable TV switch-off to be met by the end of 2018.
The share of digital households among cable customers in Germany has risen by 15% to 72.5% in the past 12 months – a considerably stronger increase than in previous years.
Switzerland’s largest cable operator UPC Cablecom has completed the transition to digital television with the last analogue channel having been switched off in Ticino on July 7, 2015.
German cable operator Primacom uses the summer months to upgrade its cable network to offer viewers more digital and high-definition TV channels as well as faster internet access.
The German media authorities aim for a coordinated approach by all industry players to establish a joint date for nationwide analogue switch-off on cable networks.
German cable operator Unitymedia will expand its free-to-air HD lineup by four new channels on July 1, 2015.
The association of German cable operators (ANGA) expects the requirements for the termination of analogue TV distribution on German cable networks to be met by the end of 2018 at the latest.