Free satellite in 900,000 UK households as Selkirk prepares for Switchover
A month before Selkirk in the Scottish borders becomes the first region in the UK to switch to an all digital service, the latest figures from Ofcom reveal that there are over 900,000 households with a free satellite service in the UK.
The Communications Market: Digital Progress Report for the second quarter of 2008 shows around 840,000 homes were using free satellite - from BSkyB, BBC/ITV or other retailers - on their main television set. This was an increase of around 120,000 on the previous quarter.
In addition, between June and September BBC/ITV freesat sold a further 60,000 units, meaning that the total number of households using a free satellite service is now around 900,000.
The report also shows that 88 per cent of households now have digital TV on their main set. The second quarter of 2008 showed that households remain focussed on switching their secondary television sets to digital as well. Over half (19.1 million) of the 35 million secondary sets have now been converted to digital.
Key trends for the second quarter of 2008 include:
DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TELEVISION (DTT) – Freeview services
- The total number of households with DTT reached 16.7 million in the second quarter of 2008.
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