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Deutsche TV shows results of switch to satellite

By PETER WHITE

Published: 11 May, 2012

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Deutsche Telekom has issues its quarterly results earlier today and purely looking at its TV services, IPTV customers in Germany are up 168,000 in the past quarter to 1.725 million homes, and almost 500,000 from this time a year ago. The remainder of its TV territories are a bit of a mishmash, with the transfer in some regions to satellite TV offerings, for instance in Greece, from IPTV only, salvaging some growth. The profile of the German growth has changed substantially with three quarters of poor growth now followed by two surging quarters in a row of around the same magnitude.

In Greece, if you look purely at the Telekom results report it looks like TV services are down, with IPTV falling from 55,000 homes a year ago to 46,000, but looking at figures purely for the Greek subsidiary OTE, we can see that this is more a change of strategy with OTE adding 18,000 satellite subscribers in the quarter and overall, TV customers in Greece, are escaping the worst effects of the Eurozone crisis, rising from 56,000 last year to almost 64,000 now.

The same is the case in Romania where revenue from pay TV for Deutsche subsidiary Romtelecom has gone up 31% in a year, with the signing of 12% more customers to almost 1.2 million, however the great bulk of these were added on its satellite DTH service and IPTV customers remained flat at around 31,000.

In Hungary IPTV customers grew about 30,000 in the quarter to 256,000, and are up 92,000 on a year ago; in Croatia subscribers remained totally flat at 323,000 for the past four quarters, as they have also in Slovakia. Overall this means that TV subs for Deutsche Telekom across the board rose by around 224,000 to total around 3.57 million.

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