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Two-thirds of UK television sets digital

Over two-thirds (68 %) of the 60 million TV sets in the UK are now linked to cable, satellite or digital terrestrial services, according to a report by Ofcom.

The Digital Progress Report for the first quarter of 2008 highlights a growth in the number of digitally-linked sets of around 7 million over the past twelve months.

There are over 9.6 million homes with DTT through Freeview on their main TV set – an increase of almost 1.3 million over the past twelve months.

Sky’s digital satellite service grew its UK subscriber base by 43,000 in Q1 to 8.3 million households, an increase of 332,000 over the past twelve months

The total number of Virgin Media cable subscribers is now over 3.5 million, up by 36,800 in the first quarter of 2008.

The survey used new consumer research which gives Ofcom a more accurate view of take-up of digital television in residential households.

Under the new methodology, the survey states that the total number of households who have converted their main television set to digital in January, February and March of 2008 was up slightly on the previous quarter from 86.5 per cent to 87.2 per cent.

Written by DTG Team

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