Freesat reports 21st consecutive quarter of growth
The UK’s free-to-air digital satellite television provider Freesat has announced a 21st consecutive quarter of growth, with 145,000 homes joining the service in the last year alone.
The subscription-free service’s growth is now likely to outpace paid-for rivals, Sky and Virgin Media. Owned by the BBC and ITV, Freesat is now in its sixth year, averaging around four million viewers each week from 1.8 million UK homes.
“Our continued strong results show thousands of people making the smart choice of Freesat as the alternative to expensive TV contracts. As take up across the UK has increased, so has our offer,” remarked Emma Scott, Freesat managing director.
Since its launch in May 2008 Freesat has sold 3.3 million set top boxes and TVs, with retail sales valued at over £1.2bn. Last month, a record number of Freesat viewers tuned in to watch Glastonbury coverage, with customers increasingly using Freesat products to enhance their TV and radio consumption.
Scott added: “We continue to add new channels and on demand services and invest in cutting edge technology. We will soon deliver more features to our next generation service, including the addition of Demand 5, a remote app for smart phones, and in the future, additional movie and music channels.”