facebook rss twitter

Freeview boxes top 60m

by Sarah Griffiths on 7 October 2010, 17:09

Tags: Freeview

Quick Link: HEXUS.net/qa2gk

Add to My Vault: x

Freeview flies

Sales of Freeview TVs, set top boxes and digital TV recorders have passed 60m, equivalent to the population of Great Britain.

However, Freeview HD is only expected to reach 250,000 homes this month, which considering over half of the UK is in coverage to receive the high def service, is not an amazing take-up.

In the 5 month period after its launch, Freeview estimates at least 230,000 homes are now watching Freeview HD, which is on par with the number of homes signed up to Sky HD over the same period after its launch back in 2006.

However, more people are predicted to embrace the HD service with 15 percent of TVs sold this summer Freeview HD- friendly. The service is also set to get a boost with the arrival of BBC HD which will simulcast a network version of the BBC One schedule for the first time.

Around a third of Freeview homes now have Freeview+ so around 3m homes can record and store programmes on a digital TV recorder without paying a subscription.

However, plain and simple Freeview continues to be the biggest TV service in the UK as over 10m homes choose it for their main TV. Furthermore, of the homes that have switched from analogue to digital, three quarters of them have converted to Freeview.

A recent report by Digital UK said about 5m homes have now gone digital, with the analogue signal switched off in about a quarter of the country and a further 20m homes are destined to make the switch by the deadline of 2012.

HEXUS Forums :: 3 Comments

Login with Forum Account

Don't have an account? Register today!
Is HD TV really the next evolution in TV broadcasting.

If you are Sky then you think ‘Yes’ If you are a Sky subscriber then you also think ‘yes’ as you clearly have more money to throw at TV watching than the vast majority of people.

I think as more and more TV's with HD tuners come onto the market it will gain popular, but I can't see people buying HD set top boxes. The difference in evolution is not like the analogue to digital jump. Very little to be gained from HD Freeview over standard digital freeview.

Also my understanding is there is very limited amount of air space for HD content so its always going to be a limited service.

BRING ON HD INTERNET TV… thats the next big step.
I tend to agree, HD is “nice to have” no more than that.
I watch HD over SD content when I remember but it doesn't add anything to the content or add to the experience.

content over style any day please.
I'm in no rush to go HD, I'll just be waiting till it's standard viewing and not a pay to view perk