I was born in the mid-1980s, so I grew up in Sweden in the 1990s. Our family was not rich, but we somehow did live in a house, as opposed to an apartment/flat.
We only had an antenna on the roof, with a cable going directly into the TV(s). This allowed us to access the three government-owned, commercial-free channels SVT1, SVT2 and "The Finnish channel" (which showed Finnish-language programming, and thus mostly didn't even "count"), as well as (since 1992) TV4, which had commercials.
These were obviously broadcast over the air, since the antenna could pick them up.
However, most of my friends who were also living in houses either had or were getting satellite dishes in the mid-1990s, so they could access all kinds of TV channels from all over the world as well as several ones which were actually in Swedish, but broadcast from England to satellites which then beamed them down here semi-illegally. I don't really understand how that worked legally, but apparently they were allowed to do this since it could have been stopped by banning satellite decoders and/or the satellite dishes.
And then there were all the people who lived in apartments/flats, who weren't any richer than us but still had access to cable TV because it was included. As I understand it, there was no such thing as cable TV for single-home houses in Sweden at all. At least I never experienced or saw it anywhere.
It seemed to me back then like "most everyone" was only watching the channels which our family could access, but clearly large groups were able to access all these other channels full of crazy cartoons and weird shows which I had never even heard of. Looking back at that era, I'm wondering if perhaps my view is distorted and inaccurate.
Is it possible that in reality, maybe even the vast majority of households actually had access to either satellite or cable TV in Sweden in the 1990s, and our family was just in a very small minority who basically spent all the money on the house itself and couldn't afford any of that luxury that others had?
I guess a possible explanation for my general feeling about this could be that those commercial-filled satellite/cable TV channels were really not that great after all, and few cared about what they were showing, instead gravitating towards the state-controlled two channels and TV4?
I probably should note that I wasn't exactly a popular kid, so I didn't really hang out at others' houses all the time and got useful first-hand experiences on this. I basically knew how things were in our house and then made assumptions about the rest of the population based on that.
But how would I, or anyone, find reliable statistics or information about this?