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90 Percent Of UK Homes Completely Digital Says Ofcom

Ofcom published its Digital Progress Report which shows that nearly 90 percent of main television sets in UK households are digital.

The document showed that there is a respectable 60.2 million television sets in the UK. A staggering 9.8 million households now rely only on digital. More than 3 out of every five secondary TVs can receive digital broadcast, that's an eight percent increase compared to the first quarter of 208.

Yet, still 27 percent of ALL television sets in Britain were using using analogue technology by the end of March 2009. This means that in the next few years, millions of old television sets will have either to be recycled or kitted with the appropriate digital box.

With an increasing number of television sets on the market including a Freeview tuner, it is not surprising that only 900,000 Freeview set-top boxes were sold in the first quarter of this year, a fall of 28 percent. But the actual number of Freeview enabled devices rose by 7 percent compared to Q1 2008 to 3.4 million.

Freesat grew by 583,000 over the last six months to the end of March 2009 with 75 percent of the boxes sold being HD compatible.

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37 percent of UK homes can receive TV broadcasts either by Free to Air or Pay Satellite with an increasing number of households actually supporting more than one platform. 8.9 million homes have pay satellite - that's Sky for the rest of us - with an additional 500,000 using Free to Air.

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