More than half the TV sets owned in the UK are not compatible with the digital signal, latest data shows.
By the end of last year, 48.5 per cent of the UK’s 60 million televisions could receive digital – up from 39 per cent in 2005, according to the regulator Ofcom.
The upturn comes ahead of the national switchover from the analogue signal to digital which will be phased in between 2008 and 2012.
One million UK homes got digital TV for the first time during the last quarter of 2006, Ofcom’s data shows.
More than three quarters (77.2 per cent) of the UK’s 25.3 million TV-owning households have at least one digital television set – up from 69.5 per cent at the end of 2005.
Many of those households have more than one set, which accounts for the higher percentage of analogue-only TVs.
Ofcom’s Communications Market report says 2.4 million Freeview devices were sold in the last three months of 2006 – more than in any previous quarter.
That figure includes nearly a million TV sets with integrated digital tuners plus 1.4 million Freeview set-top boxes.
BSkyB gained around 160,000 new subscribers during the last three months of 2006, taking its customer total to nearly eight million homes, Ofcom’s report says.
Cable TV companies gained around 38,500 new households in the last three months of 2006.There are now over 3.3 million cable television households in the UK
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