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Nearly One Million Households Have Free Satellite TV Says Ofcom Report

Telecommunications Regulator Ofcom has revealed in its Q2 2008 "Communications Market: Digital Progress" Report that more than 900,000 households now own a free Satellite TV service ether from BSkyB, Freesat or other Free to Air providers.

According to Ofcom, half of the increase comes from Freesat, the new free-to-air satellite service launched by BBC and ITV - with more than half being HD units - while the bulk of the remaining are ex-Sky subscribers who have chosen to revert back to Sky's own Free to Air satellite bundle (opens in new tab).

The report also underlined the fact that nearly nine out of ten UK households now use digital TV with a growing majority switching even their secondary TV sets to digital as well.

This comes as the cost of Freeview set top boxes - which power more than 16 million TVs across UK - has plummeted to record low. Our readers have reported seeing PCWorld selling a Ferguson Freeview box for a mere £4.97 (opens in new tab).

Nearly 20 million so called secondary TV sets out of the 35 million estimated on the market, have now been converted to Digital according to the report which also identified a surge in the number of televisions sold with Built-in Freeview receivers.

Between April and June this year, more than 1.4 million were sold compared to less than 900,000 over the same period last year.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.