The latest figures from the Strasbourg-based EAOs "MAVISE" database, set up last year and covering 29 European countries, were announced at the five-day international MIPCOM audiovisual trade show which winds up in this Riviera town Friday.
The huge British lead is due to the large number of thematic channels designed for the domestic market ranging from food and property to gaming, as well as channels established in
At the bottom of the table are
The database currently identifies 5,068 active channels and an additional estimated 1,500 small local channels, which will be added progressively to MAVISE.
Cable, satellite and IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) provide a whopping 2,473 of the 5,068 active channels, followed by 1,809 regional and local channels and 381 national terrestrial services.
Film and sports dominate the range of specialist channels on offer with 333 and 324 channels, respectively, putting them in second and third position, just behind the so-called 376 general channels offering a mixture of different genres.
Adult and erotic audiences, on the other hand, can select from no fewer than 190 channels, making that category the fifth largest around
Other major channel genres include entertainment (269), music (201), news and business (201), kids (189), documentary (135), lifestyle (110) and home shopping (103).
Despite hugely diverse weather patterns,