Ofcom research has revealed that the total number of digital video recorders (DVRs) being used in the UK has reached 8.9m.

The Digital Progress Report for the first quarter of 2009 showed that the number of digital recording devices which allow viewers the ability to pause, store and rewind live programmes had increased by nearly one million on the quarter.

The figures include:

  • Some five million Sky customers with a Sky+ service
  • More than 2.6 million Freeview digital video recorders, such as Freeview +
  • Around 600,000 Virgin Media subscribers with a V+ service
  • A further 600,000 homes with BT Vision and Top Up TV.

In addition, nearly two million (1.9 million) households in the UK have access to high definition (HD) channels.

The report also shows that the total number of digital households reached 89.2 per cent with digital switchover now underway in the West Country, Border and the Isle of Man.