We ensure the best possible radio and TV reception

KATHREIN Digital Systems is the market leader for digital satellite, terrestrial, cable or IP reception and signal distribution in buildings and caravans. Our high-quality and reliable product portfolio for modern TV and radio reception is constantly being expanded to include innovative solutions in the field of building technology.

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Thanks to extensive know-how in development and unsurpassed quality standards in production, our solutions and systems are among the best in their class. High-quality satellite reception systems in conjunction with sophisticated solutions for signal distribution, whether in single-family homes or in large building complexes, bring the signals to the receiving equipment in best HD quality.

New technologies such as SAT>IP, optical sat distribution or modular headend technology for hotel TV close the gap between traditional signal distribution and modern optical fibre and network technology.

KATHREIN Digital Systems’ advanced solutions are also the best choice for mobile TV reception in caravans and mobile homes.

About us | Company history

1919

The Kathrein company is founded by engineer Anton Kathrein

1919

First invention: Mast isolator switch with built-in fuse as lightning protection for elevated antennas

1923

Introduction of radio broadcasting with receiving antennas from Kathrein

1931

First broadcast rod antenna is exhibited at the Leipzig Trade Fair – a sensation back then

1938

Kathrein has almost 100 employees; there are 18 national and 13 international sales offices

1945

Towards the end of World War II, bombs are dropped on the company premises, causing considerable damage

1949

Kathrein offers first industrially manufactured FM antenna

1952

Development of the first train antenna

1952

Kathrein supplies TV transmitting and receiving antennas

1967

Start of colour TV
Kathrein introduces the YAGI antenna OLYMPIA and brings the first compact amplifiers onto the market

1972

Generation change: At the age of 21, Prof. Dr. Anton Kathrein succeeds his father as head of the company

Olympic Games in Munich: The commentator boxes are equipped with Kathrein technology

1973

First TV antennas for caravans and motor homes

1980

1.3 million OLYMPIA antennas sold already

1981

Launch of cable TV (Deutsche Post)

Kathrein’s first headend (UFO)

1982

Kathrein’s first professional satellite antenna (SatAn 200)

1988

SES ASTRA launches satellite TV – Kathrein supplies complete satellite reception systems (parabolic antenna, LNB, satellite receiver)

1989

ASTRA 1 provides a breakthrough for satellite TV; Kathrein’s parabolic antennas become top sellers 1992

1992

Novel planar antenna for camping and caravanning

First caravan satellite receiver

1997

Kathrein’s first DVB receiver (UFD)

2000

First DVB receiver with integrated hard disk

2003

Kathrein hits the mark of 20 million antenna outlets produced

First receiver with network connection and multimedia features

Erster Receiver mit Netzwerkverbindung und Multimediafunktionen

2009

Kathrein hits the mark of 4 million LNBs sold

2011

6 million receivers sold already

2012

Generation change: At the age of 28, Anton Kathrein becomes CEO after his father’s death

2018

KATHREIN-Werke KG is converted into KATHREIN SE

2019

100-year company anniversary and spin-off of KATHREIN SE’s satellite business into the newly formed KATHREIN Digital Systems GmbH