Freesat TV watched in 1.7m homes

Around 6% of UK households enjoy satellite TV without a subscription, as the Freesat box enters 150,000 more homes in a year.

Freesat TV is now watched in an estimated 1.7 million homes across Britain.

The free-to-air satellite TV platform added 150,000 new homes in the past 12 months alone. That's more than both Sky and Virgin Media combined.

As a result, Freesat remains the UK's fastest-growing established TV service and continues to outgrow its subscription TV rivals.

Freesat managing director, Emma Scott, said: "Freesat is truly a TV platform of choice. Our consistently positive results demonstrate fantastic growth and a strong appetite for high-quality, good value TV in a challenging economic environment.

"Every one of us across the UK is continually reassessing how we spend our money, and with 79% of viewing across all platforms - including subscription TV - going to free channels, having a monthly TV subscription just doesn't make sense for most people."

According to Freesat's own research, 51% of homes that joined in the past year had previously been paying for subscription TV.

Its survey also revealed that a quarter of households are considering switching TV provider in 2013; of these, 60% will be doing so simply to save money.

Freesat customers pay upfront for a digital set-top box, and then receive a satellite TV service complete with over 150 TV and radio channels free of charge.

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