Freeview hits a big milestone: over 100 million devices sold

Freeview is the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial TV service, broadcasting around 60 channels and over two dozen radio stations across the country. Some of the UK's leading channels are available on the service, including those from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

To get these channels, you need a TV aerial and a television set with either its own digital tuner, or a separate set-top box. Today, Freeview announced that over 100 million of these digital terrestrial televisions and boxes have now been sold since the service launched in 2002.

In fact, the total is slightly higher than that significant milestone - according to figures from GfK, just over 107 million digital TVs, set-top boxes and DVD/Blu-ray players with integrated digital tuners have been sold, with TVs accounting for two-thirds of these sales.

Sales of Freeview-enabled HDTVs now stand at just under 16 million in the last five years alone, and a total of six million Freeview+ digital TV recorders have now been sold too.

Later this year, the UK will also see the launch of Freeview Play, a new subscription-free connected TV service, with on-demand and catch-up video, and some level of app support. The first TVs to support Freeview Play, from Panasonic, were unveiled in February, although a firm launch date for the service has not yet been announced.

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