Freesat says the number of customers using its connected Freetime connected receiver has doubled over the last 12 months.

Over the last four quarters Freetime has accounted for half of all set-top box sales. 12,000 new Freesat homes were added in the first quarter, taking the total to 1.9 million.

“I’m thrilled to report another strong quarter for Freesat that clearly demonstrates the continuing growth and strength of the UK’s free-to-air proposition. With critically acclaimed programmes such as Breaking Bad now available through Spike, Freesat continues to support our ever expanding content offering with connected technology that empowers customers and their viewing habits,” said Alistair Thom, managing director, Freesat.

Thom added that efforts to create a common set of specifications and open standards through the Free TV Alliance were progressing.

The broadcast industry association was launched by Freesat at Anga COM 2015 alongside partners Fransat (France), Tivusat (Italy) and HD Plus (Germany). It has already delivered on its initiative for open standards with the release of the first remote control specification.