MIL-OSI Translation: Almost every fifth household has internet television

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MIL OSI translation. Region: Germany/Germany –

Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

Figure of the week #19 of May 10, 2022

WIESBADEN – Television via the Internet is gaining in importance in Germany. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), 19% of private households were already able to watch television via their broadband connection in 2021. Even if internet television (IPTV) was still in third place among the types of television reception in 2021, it was the only one to record significant growth compared to 2019: in 2019 the proportion of households with internet TV was still 15% and thus 4 percentage points lower than 2021.

However, satellite and cable connections continued to dominate the ranking of the most common TV connections in 2021: 45% and 43% of all private households, respectively, had these types of connections. Compared to 2019, however, the proportion of households with satellite and cable television hardly changed (0.3 percentage points and -1.3 percentage points, respectively).

Households were the least likely to have an antenna connection: Only 10% of private households were able to receive their television programs in this way in 2021. Since the switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television in 2017, the proportion of households with this connection has been falling. Since 2019, it has fallen by 1.9 percentage points.

In total, 17 million households had a satellite TV connection and 16 million households had a cable TV connection in 2021. Internet TV had 7 million private households and 4 million households had an antenna TV connection.

Satellite TV at the top of the list for homeowners; for tenants cable TV

The living situation – i.e. whether a household is owner-occupied or rented – has a major impact on the type of TV reception: a good half (55%) of rented households had a cable connection in 2021. If the household lived in its own four walls, the proportion was only 28%. In contrast, less than a third (30%) of tenant households had a satellite TV connection. In contrast, the share of households with satellite TV in home ownership was almost two-thirds (63%). With terrestrial television, the difference was not so striking: Tenant households had an antenna connection only a little more frequently (10%) than owner-occupied households (9%). Internet television was available in both cases with roughly the same frequency (tenant households: 19%; homeowner households: 20%).

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