The UK Television Landscape Report

Device access

31 May 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 32.5m individuals now able to access an internet TV; a year-on-year increase of 19.4%. HD TV ownership recorded a minor dip from 47.53 to 47.35 million; only the second time the figure has declined quarter on quarter, Q3 2016 being the last recorded fall.

Note: the question used to represent smart (internet) TVs has changed. Data have been backdated to Q2 2012, so are comparable over time. This question relates to TVs with a direct capability to access the internet, rather than any TV made capable of internet access by connecting another device, such as a games console.

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