Its attributing the 90 per cent increase to the continuing popularity of smart and ultra high definition televisions.
The installed base increased by 58,000 year-on-year. Freesat doesn’t give a precise figure but says it passed 2 million during the course of the year.
Freesat currently boasts 200 free channels, on-demand services and optional paid-for add-ons, such as Netflix, Curzon Home Cinema and Hopster.
Alistair Thom, Freesat’s managing director, said: “We’re delighted with the success of 2016 which saw us surpass a milestone figure of two million Freesat homes. Our increase in customer numbers is testament to the great service we offer: a viable alternative to expensive, pay TV services which offers customers a huge range of flexible and diverse content.
Partnerships with Samsung and LG contributed to the figures and Freesat also launched a new zapper device with Humax with the same premium look as its recorder range and with built-in Wi-Fi.
The Freesat app has been downloaded over 800,000 times since it was first launched in 2014, and can be used as a remote control, to set recordings remotely, or to plan viewing through the TV Guide. In March the app was adapted for Android users, with a new TV Guide interface for an easily-accessible customer experience.