Freesat added c.150,000 homes in the last 12 months, more than both Sky and Virgin Media combined
This included 29,000 new Freesat homes in latest quarter, Jan-Mar 2013
51% of Freesat customers switched from Pay-TV in 2012/13, the majority from Sky
Freesat now in 1.7 million homes, c.6% of UK homes
Total unit sales of 3.2 million since launch five years ago
Gross retail UK sales to date of £1.2 billion with particularly strong sales of the new hybrid free time box.
Freesat remains the UKâs fastest growing established TV platform, and continues to outgrow Pay-TV rivals.
Freesat say that:
According to Freesatâs own customer research (conducted by YouGov in April 2013), 51% of homes that joined the free TV service in 2012/13 were from Pay-TV rivals. The research also indicated that just over 25% of homes are considering changing TV service provider in 2013, and of these, 60% are being driven by the desire to save money.
Emma Scott, Freesatâs Managing Director commented: "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. The success of our free time service with its cutting edge TV Guide and on-demand services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and YouTube, gives yet more sensible reasons to switch to Freesat.
"Everyone of us across the UK is continually reassessing how we spend our money, and with 79% of viewing across all platforms, including pay, going to free channels, and 52% going to the top 5 channels â having a monthly TV subscription just doesnât make sense for most people."
Freesat has now sold 3.2 million units, far exceeding original sales projections and taking total gross retail UK sales to £1.2 billion since launch in May 2008.
Freesat will grow the free time features over time, including a remote record app for smart phones and tablets as well as the introduction of additional movie and music services.
conor: I doubt that most poeple would bother about ultra HD. It has even been suggested that it would only ever be used professionally, say for cinema chains to distribute films to their outlets. What interests most viewers is being able to watch TV for little or no payment!
conor: since Ultra HD TV's have only just come out, basically start at 60in screens, its only films (and no means all of them) that are being made in Ultra HD, and our broadband network simply will not have the speed for quite some time to stream such huge volumes of data, Ultra HD is not something any of us should be immediately worried about.
Its likely that OLED 4k screen will become much cheaper, but it will take a while for them to filter through to the market, and of course people will ultimately only buy them for the 4K if there is something to watch on them!
KMJ had it right - most people watch TV using a perfectly decent set, using technology which is reasonably well priced and well proven. And they tend at present to watch free to view most of the time.
When digital cinema came out at 2k I was quite impressed but of late even with the newer 4K movies I have been unimpressed in picture quality.
Wasn't BBC HD tv like that good at first then dropped off, in other words present HD tv could be better so a new system not needed for the home.
My freesat never goes dodgy - even during torrential rain storms and snow. My freeview however can be dodgy with very bad weather or if its very cold for some reason - it was bad in early January for instance but has been fine since.
with the ps4 latter this year 4k is only 2 to 3 years away freeview can deal with ulra hd broadcasting i have herd that next year world cup will shot in ultra hd bbc are trying to get ultra hd up and running on satelite cable and freeview viewers will not get it just freesat and sky viewers