Freesat today reported its 21st quarter of consecutive growth, adding 145,000 homes to the service in the last twelve months.
The continued growth of the subscription free service, jointly owned by BBC and ITV, is expected to outpace Pay-TV rivals such as Sky and Virgin Media in the same period.
Since its launch in May 2008, Freesat has grown to become a key provider of free entertainment, reaching 4 million viewers a week across 1.8 million homes in the UK.
Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director commented: “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. We now provide more than 150 HD and standard definition TV, radio and interactive channels, offering live pause, record, a market leading catch up service through our Backwards TV Guide, plus BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD.
“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 generationservice, including the addition of Demand 5, a remote app for smart phones, and in the future, additional movie and music channels.”
To date, Freesat has sold 3.3 million set top boxes and TVs overall, far exceeding their original sales projections.