India Census: 75% of India’s urban homes own TV

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


75 per cent of Urban households now account for residents in India owing a TV set, compared to just one third of rural homes but a large chunk of the country turn to TV as first form of entertainment.

Official data from the 2011 Census figures show that TV penetration was highest in the capital, Delhi with 88 per cent, Tamil Nadu in second with 87 per cent, Punjab, Chandigarh and Puducherry followed.

On the opposite side, Bihar had the lowest TV penetration of any state with just 15 per cent.

BBC reports that there has been a 16 per cent rise in the number of homes with television sets, while the use of radios has declined by 15 per cent.

More than half the population – 53.2% – have a mobile phone.

In total, a sixth of the country, equating to 200 million Indians, still do not possess a radio or TV, phone, or computer or vehicle.