Tomorrow some further information about MPEG4 S/HDTV, why UK FTA broadcasters are likely to have to pay for HDTV spectrum, and the use of analogue spectrum after PAL switchoff. In the meantime from today's mediaguardian.co.uk, Kind Regards, Dermot Nolan Digital TV uptake swells Jemima Kiss Wednesday December 20, 2006 MediaGuardian.co.uk Nearly three-quarters of UK households now watch digital TV on their main set, according to the latest market survey by media regulator Ofcom. The UK's digital TV audience grew by another 814,000 households in the third quarter of 2006, and 602,000 of those were watching digital TV for the first time. More than 18.5m households now have digital TV equipment at home. In the three months to the end of September, the proportion of UK households watching digital TV grew from 70.2% to 73.3%. Only 168,000 new households went digital in the second quarter, so the growth between July and September this year - usually the quietest period for TV equipment buying - suggests the rate people are switching from analogue is picking up again. Seven million households can now watch the Freeview digital terrestrial TV service, compared to 6.4m still with traditional analogue sets. Satellite is still the most popular digital TV delivery method, with one-third of UK homes, or 8.5m, subscribed to Sky Digital or free-to-view services. Sky Digital gained 68,000 new subscribers between July and September to reach 7.8m UK homes in total. Digital cable saw the highest number of new subscriptions for more than two years. The 22,000 new cable TV households in the third quarter brings the total number to just over 3.3m. Ofcom also found that the number of households watching digital TV on second or third sets in the home continues to increase. Sales of digital terrestrial TV equipment exceeded the million mark for the fifth consecutive quarter, with 1.4m set-top boxes and TVs with integrated digital tuners sold between July and September.