But the number of homes hooked up to the PSB-owned satellite platform remains steady at 1.93 million.
The number of homes connected to Freesat by both satellite and broadband is up by 54% year-on-year. All the major free catch up players, BBC iPlayer, All4, My5 and ITV Hub, are now present on Freesat’s Freetime platform.
Last month Freesat was also cleared by the BBC Trust to offer live pay sports services.
Alistair Thom, Freesat’s managing director, said: “By adding more quality channels and on-demand services to our subscription-free platform, we’re able to offer consumers an attractive alternative to expensive TV contracts and hefty bills. As always, we’re focusing on giving customers choice to watch the TV they want and plan to bring even more channels and players to the platform in the near future.”
More than 4 million viewers tune into the platform each week, where they can access over 200 TV and radio channels, including 12 in high definition, with Channel 5 HD and Daystar HD added this year.