Freeview v Sky v Freesat v Virgin v BT v TalkTalk: UK TV league table
Why do a TV league table?

Every three months, the major pay-TV providers publish their quarterly financial results for those City types.

Freesat and Freeview don’t publish official statements, but Ofcom publishes an annual report on the digital TV market, as do some private agencies like GfK.

They’re full of dry figures, but the most important thing for us is who’s got the most subscribers, who’s growing fastest and who’s slipping back.

Many of the pay-TV providers are on different schedules, with their financial years starting in January, April (the start of the British tax year), or even June.

So we’ve decided to compare how they’ve advanced over the past three months and the past 12 months, regardless of where they are in their financial year.

As figures become available, we’ll add YouView, including BT and TalkTalk’s own numbers if they provide them.
Sky’s still the UK’s largest pay-TV provider and stands just behind Freeview as the main TV service, but new customers slowed to a trickle in 2012.

Overall TV subscribers grew to 10.33 million, just 80,000 more than it had a year before - a far cry from the 321,000 it added in 2011.

If Sky’s overall growth has peaked, it’s still upgrading its existing customers, with 4.6m now paying for HD and 2.5m taking Multiroom - each at £10.25/month, per extra room.

In 2012, another half million (498,000) added HD and 117,000 homes took Sky Multiroom, which isn’t far from its previous year’s growth.

Sky’s also getting customers to connect up their Sky+HD boxes for On Demand, with another 460,000 making the connection during the last three months of 2012, making a total of 1.7m who can download TV and film to their Sky box.

That’s reflected in weekly downloads more than doubling to 4.4m, of which Sky’s own TV and film makes up more than half.
(For the full article, which will periodically be updated, and the graphs to illustrate things, please click on the link above)