UK triple-play services continue to rise

The number of digital TV customers in the UK taking triple-play services continued to rise in the second quarter of this year, according to a new report from the UK's communications regulator Ofcom.

According to Ofcom's 'Digital TV Progress Report', 16% of BSkyB customers (or 1.5mn) took three services by the end of the second half of this year, up from 11% at the end of last year, while the number of Virgin Media customers receiving three or more services had reached 58% by the end of June, up from 53% three months previously.

Sky ended the second quarter of this year with 9.442mn pay-TV subscribers, adding 124,000 customers in the three month period, while Virgin Media added 32,900 digital TV customers in the quarter. Around 860,000 UK homes subscribed to other pay-TV platforms at the end of June, with BT Vision ending the quarter on 433,000 subscribers, and Top Up TV and Tiscali TV accounting for the remainder.

Of the 60mn TV sets in the UK, 80% are now digitally enabled, according to the Ofcom report.