Freesat claims continued UK subs growth leadership
Editor | 24-07-2013
Claiming to have outpaced its huge pay-TV rival, UK digital satellite television provider Freesat has reported its 21st quarter of consecutive growth.
Having just celebrated its fifth birthday with a lavish awards ceremony, the free-to-air service said that it had added 145,000 homes in the last 12 months, with 15% of its total customer base of 1.8 million homes in the UK joining during this period.
"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," commented Emma Scott, Freesat's managing director. "We now provide more than 150 HD and standard definition TV, radio and interactive channels, offering live pause, record, and 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 generation service, including the addition of Demand 5, a remote app for smart phones, and in the future, additional movie and music channels."
Freesat has now sold 3.3 million set-top boxes and TVs, taking gross retail sales value to over £1.2 billion since launch in May 2008. It believes that the continued growth of the subscription-free service – jointly owned by BBC and ITV – will outpace pay-TV rivals Sky and Virgin Media in the same period.