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Freesat added 6,000 new homes from April to June this year. That's a slower rate of growth than earlier in the year, and means the service has added 24,000 new households in 2014. That brings the total number of households with Freesat to 1.85 million, with 3.85 million viewers every week.

Freetime, Freesat's smart TV service, has been a storming success. It now accounts for 47 per cent of all Freesat boxes sold. It's selling at three times the rate it was in the spring last year.

Freetime is also available on Panasonic Viera TVs. The service lets viewers roll back through the last seven days, pause, record, and rewind live programmes, and access the major on-demand services like BBC iPlayer.

During the three-month period, Freesat launched its first pay video-on-demand service, Curzon Home Cinema. This offers a selection of critically-acclaimed films.

The Freesat app has been downloaded more than 220,000 times. It launched earlier this year, and recently came to Android.

“I’m constantly encouraged by the number of people that are switching away from paying for their TV every month to join Freesat which is subscription free," Emma Scott, Freesat's managing director, said in a statement. "Our good start to the year has continued into the second quarter and the mixture of great programming, brilliant features and no monthly bills is proving to be a very compelling proposition."

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