Nearly two thirds of UK homes now have digital television, according to figures released by Ofcom.
By 31 March 2005 61.9 per cent of homes were using digital receivers, in part driven by strong sales of Freeview boxes that require no subscription. This rises to 64.9 per cent when analogue cable viewers are added.
The number of digital terrestrial television-only households saw a strong increase at the end of March, passing the five million mark for the first time, according to Ofcom.
"This is an increase of 466,430, from 4,592,920 at the end of the previous quarter, December 2004," said the watchdog in a statement.
However, Ofcom estimates that 25 per cent of Freeview boxes are bought by households which already have digital television reception.
This will be grist to the mill for companies like Microsoft and Intel which are looking to sell entertainment PCs that can stream different programmes around a house though a single set-top box.
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