Number of people owning a pay-TV-subscription in Germany 2014-2018

This statistic shows the number of people who live in a household with a pay-TV-subscription in Germany from 2014 to 2018. In 2018, there were 14.31 million Germans aged 14 years and older, who lived in a household with a pay-TV-subscription.

Number of people who lived in a household with a pay-TV-subscription in Germany from 2014 to 2018

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Release date

July 2018



Survey time period

2014 to 2018

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking population

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Information on base:
German-speaking resident population aged 14 years and older.

Information on random sample:
n (2014)=25,363, projected to 70.52 million
n (2015)=25,140, projected to 69.24 million
n (2016)=23,854, projected to 69.56 million
n (2017)=23,356, projected to 70.09 million

Find more information on the methodology of this survey here.

The survey question was phrased as follows: "Apart from ARD and ZDF, and different private television channels, there are also pay TV channels, e.g. Sky or Kabel Deutschland, that one can subscribe to separately. Do you have a subscription for Sky, Kabel Deutschland or another pay TV channel, or not?" (original German question: "Neben ARD und ZDF und den verschiedenen Privatsendern gibt es auch Pay-TV-Anbieter wie z.B. Sky oder Kabel Deutschland, die man extra abonnieren muss. Haben Sie Sky, Kabel Deutschland oder einen anderen solchen Anbieter abonniert, oder ist das nicht der Fall?")

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