The number of television subscriptions increased steadily in 2015

Even though the majority of Finnish households are watching television via the terrestrial network, the number of cable TV and IPTV subscriptions has increased in the 2010s. IPTV subscriptions are television services offered by telecom operators to households through broadband subscriptions, through which it is possible to view the same real-time programming as through cable or terrestrial television.

At the end of 2015, there were 380,000 IPTV subscriptions in Finland. The increase in the number of IPTV subscriptions has decelerated in recent years. As recently as at the beginning of the 2010s, the number of IPTV subscriptions increased by one third annually, but in recent years, the growth has settled down to roughly 5 per cent. The increase in cable TV subscriptions has risen steadily in recent years, being approximately 2–3 per cent a year. At the end of 2015, there were a total of 1.56 million cable TV -subscriptions. A single household may simultaneously be using several different television reception methods. An IPTV subscription, in particular, is a supplementary service that is purchased in conjunction with a broadband subscription to supplement other reception methods.

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Figure: The number of cable TV and IPTV subscriptions

This article is a part of FICORA's Communications Sector Review 1/2016.

Key words: Television , Articles , Reviews , Statistics

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