The UK Television Landscape Report

Device access

27 November 2019

The Establishment Survey considers devices on a household level, so if any member of a household owns a device, then every member of that household is considered to have access. The one exception to this is mobile phones (including smartphones), which are considered to be individual devices, so if a household member owns a mobile phone, other members of the household are not considered to have access. For consistency, these data are for individuals.

Growth in smart (internet) TVs within UK households continues, with just over 33.9m individuals now able to access an internet TV: a year-on-year increase of 16.4%. HD TV ownership recorded a third successive quarterly dip from 47.18 to 47.08 million.

Note: The number of UK households declined from 28.58m in Q1 2019 to 28.12m in Q2 2019. UK household estimates are taken directly from UK Government figures. These were previously reported by the Ministry for Housing, Communities & National Government; from 2019, they have been reported by the Office for National Statistics, which has lower growth in its forecasts.

*Any computer includes laptop and desktop PCs and Macs as well as any notebooks or tablets, e.g. iPads, but not mobile phones.