20 June 2007

Freeview overtakes Sky in digital homes

Ofcom’s quarterly report on digital television in the UK has revealed that Freeview-only homes have overtaken those subscribing to Sky for the first time. Between January and March, Freeview households rose from 7.7 million to 8.4 million, thanks to sales of 1.96 million Freeview receivers. Sky has just over 8 million subscribers, and saw the number of new customers added in the period drop below those of cable (Virgin Media) for the first time since 2001. More than 80% of homes now have access to digital television.