Absolute Gadget: The number of UK households with digital television on their main set has risen to 22.2 million homes, according to research published by Ofcom yesterday. The increase has come as Freeview and cable show strong growth, the communications watchdog said. The Digital Television Progress Report for October to December 2007 also shows that multi-channel television take-up has reached 87.6 percent of households, up 1.5 per cent from the previous quarter.
The growth in digital television was driven by sales of digital terrestrial television (Freeview), which saw its best quarter to date with over four million units sold.
That’s up by almost 70 per cent, year on year, helped by the inclusion of Freeview into modern televisions.
Cable television also had a strong quarter adding over 61,000 more customers to reach almost 3.5 million subscribers, the highest level of take-up since 2002.
Cable, with 13.6 percent share of the television market, has now overtaken analogue terrestrial viewing to become the third largest platform for the first time.
Ofcom said that over 15 million homes now have a Freeview device connected to at least one television, an increase of 1.3 million on the previous quarter.
Figures show that more second television sets in people’s homes are also being converted to digital.