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Dutch consumer TV revenues reach EUR 384 million in Q1 2013

The number of digital TV connections in the Netherlands grew by 1.7 percent during the first quarter of 2013 to 6.478 million on 31 March 2013, according to Telecompaper’s quarterly Dutch Television Subscribers report.

The total includes 3.67 million cable TV subscribers who also have an analogue TV connection. Digital TV is now used by almost 84 percent of TV subscribers in the Netherlands. Telecompaper estimated the retail revenues* for the consumer TV market to be EUR 384 million in the first quarter of 2013, growing 0.8 percent during the quarter.
Ziggo was the largest TV operator at the end of the first quarter of 2013, both in the total TV market and the digital TV market. KPN, UPC and CanalDigitaal followed in the rankings.

Most consumers receive digital TV via cable networks. Cable accounted for 56.6 percent 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 that are both losing market shares.

“The digital TV market is expected to grow by 7.5 percent during 2013 to around 6.85 million connections,” said Telecompaper analyst and report author Kamiel Albrecht. “The total TV market is expected to grow slightly less than 1 percent over the same period.”