Issue No.01 - January/February (2001 vol.21)
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The growth of digital TV in UK homes has been much more rapid than the penetration of the Internet which has itself grown at a phenomenal rate. The digital services started on 1 October 1998 with satellite broadcasting and was followed on 15 November 1998 by terrestrial broadcasting and more recently by cable services. By mid-2000, only about one and a half years after the start of services, 5 million (or about 20 percent) of UK homes had digital TV. Of these, 4 million had satellite services, 750,000 had terrestrial services, and the had rest cable. This figure of 5 million homes with digital TV approaches the 25 percent of homes that now have Internet access, which of course started much earlier.
Charles P. Sandbank, "Digital TV in the Convergent Environment", IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol.21, no. 1, pp. 32-36, January/February 2001, doi:10.1109/38.895128