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More than four in five UK households switches to digital TV
26 June 2007

More than four in every five UK households have already made the switch to digital TV.

The latest Digital Television Progress report from regulator Ofcom revealed that household take-up of digital broadcasts stood at 80.5 per cent, or 20.4 million homes, at the end of March – up from 69.7 per cent a year ago. The figure denotes homes that have digital TV on their main sets.

Around 870,000 households switched to digital TV in the first three months of this year, most (81 per cent, or 670,000) to digital terrestrial TV.

There are now around 9.3m free-to-view viewers – 885,000 via free-to-view satellite. The regulator noted that between the launch of digital terrestrial TV service Freeview in October 2002 and the first quarter of this year, nearly 19 million units of digital terrestrial TV equipment had been sold - including more than five million IDTVs and more than 13.6m set-top boxes.

Around 870,000 IDTVs were sold in the first quarter of this year, up 120 per cent on the 395,000 sold a year ago, taking sales, said Ofcom, in the last 12 months to 2.8m. In fact, IDTVs accounted for 45 per cent of all DTT sales in the first quarter.

During the same period, DTT set-top box sales exceeded one million – said to be the highest quarter one sales so far, up 33 per cent on last year's figure of 817,000.