BSkyB Boosts UK PVR Users

08 February 2008

ISLEWORTH, London: Satellite giant BSkyB posted record growth figures of 434,000 for its Sky+ PVR service in the fourth quarter of 2007, taking overall subscriber numbers to more than three million in the UK and Ireland, according to interim figures released by the company.

During what is usually the company's best-performing quarter, the take-up of the service increased by 100,000 compared with 2006, and lifted the Sky+ overall user total to 3,131,000 households.

BSkyB now has 8.8 million pay-TV customers and added 167,000 net users in Q4 2007, although this figure was down from the 183,000 added in Q4 2006.

Broadband subscriptions also rose 28% to nearly 1.2 million in Q4. Churn fell to 10%.

However, while revenues improved by 11%, the company made an overall loss of £112m ($218m; €150m) as a result of the depreciation in value of its 17.9% stake in ITV.

Ceo Jeremy Darroch said: "We enter calendar year 2008 in good shape. A combination of outstanding choice, quality and value leadership leaves us well positioned."

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