The percentage of UK homes that receive digital TV signals stood at 93.1% at the end of the first quarter, according to consumer research by the regulator Ofcom. It represents a 1 percentage point increase year-on-year with one year to go before the analogue switch off process is completed.
Secondary sets are also being converted, a 5.2 percentage point increase means that 75.7% of second sets now receive digital TV signals. Taken together 83.3% of all TV sets had converted to digital television by the end of Q1 2011.
Sales of DTT-enabled equipment reached 3.2 million units in Q1 2011, down by 6.3% in comparison to Q1 2010. Integrated digital television sets (IDTVs) accounted for over 81.3% of sales in the quarter (2.6 million units).
Sales of Freeview set-top boxes accounted for over 596,000 sales in the quarter, down by 30.3% on Q1 2010.
The research showed two million homes claimed to have access to free-to-air satellite service, compared to 9.3 million receiving pay satellite.
BSkyB has 10.1 million subscribers in the UK and Ireland.