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More than 80 per cent of UK homes have digital TV

Freeview is now the biggest provider


A remote control pointed at a television screen.

More than 80 per cent of UK homes now have digital television on their main TV set, according to the broadcast regulator Ofcom.

Its latest report also shows that Freeview has overtaken Sky as the main provider of digital TV.

Freeview is now on the main set in 8.4 million homes while Sky has just over 8 million subscribers.

In the first three months of this year a further 869,000 UK homes acquired digital television for the first time, following over a million additions the previous quarter.

Set-top boxes

During the same period 1.96 million Freeview set-top-boxes and integrated digital televisions were sold – a 61 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Some 11.7 million homes are now viewing television on at least one Freeview device, 1.1 million more than at the end of the 2006.

Around 2.17 million Sky customers – or 27 per cent of all its customers – now subscribe to Sky’s personal video recorder service.

At the same time Virgin Media has added 71,000 subscribers to its personal video recorder service.

Personal video recorders

The number of homes receiving television over broadband has also increased.

An additional 19,000 homes took a broadband television service during the first three months of the year – taking the total number to 62,000.

Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards said: ‘More than four in five UK households are now enjoying the benefits of digital television. It’s great news that we are continuing to see the market grow strongly as we approach the start of digital switchover.’

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