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Digital TV news 22-26 July

In this week’s digital TV news: Sky reports a huge increase in on-demand digital TV content, Freesat adds 145,000 new customers, Freeview gets more free HD channels and finally our digital TV deal of the week is from Sky (comes with freebies!).

By on July 26, 2013 at 13:00 PM
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Digital TV news 22-26 July

Sky sees a huge increase in viewers of on-demand digital TV content

Over the last quarter Sky has been concentrating on putting itself "at the heart of the connected home".

Sky revealed seeing a five-fold year-on-year increase in on demand downloads, signaling the increasing importance of the ability to connect digital set top boxes to a broadband connection.

Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky's Director of TV Products, comments:

During the last year, Sky customers were connecting their Sky boxes to broadband at an average rate of around 200 an hour. As a result we've seen an astonishing five-fold increase in average weekly downloads for our On Demand service as millions more customers choose to enjoy TV on their terms.

When customers connect their Sky+HD box to broadband, they benefit from access to the UK's biggest Catch Up TV service and an extensive On Demand library of box sets and exclusive movies. We're delighted not only that customers are embracing our connected services in record numbers, but when they do, they tell us that they get a huge amount of extra value from Sky.

Sky also confirmed the popularity of Sky GO, revealing that the service already has 3.3m users. It also has been said that live sport broadcasts continue to prove hugely popular, with the first Ashes Test match from Trent Bridge delivering more than an impressive 4.5m views.

Freesat adds 145,000 new customers

Freesat has just shared the good news that it added as many as 145,000 new customers within the last year. This mean that the digital TV provider's subscriber base is now 1.8 million home strong.

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 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 confirmed that it sold as many as 3.3 million set top boxes and TVs, which is much more than the brand's initial prediction. Customers on a tight budget who are keen on getting a Freesat box for free can simply opt for getting a refurbished one.

Freeview gets more free HD channels

Great news comes to Freeview viewers! If you have a Freeview HD box, you will be able to enjoy more channels in crystal clear HD. These include:

  • BBC News HD
  • BBC Three HD
  • BBC Four HD
  • CBeebies HD

You will be able to tune and watch these splendid channels in HD for free in the beginning of next year.

Deal of the week: Sky 6 months half price TV package plus a free £25 M&S voucher


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