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The number of UK homes with TV sets has fallen of the first time ever.

According to broadcast regulator Ofcom's Infrastructure Report, the number of homes with TVs fell by nearly 300,000 between the end of 2012 and end of 2013. The figure fell from 26.33 million to 26.02 million.

The report notes the growth of streaming and smart TV services like BBC iPlayer and YouView. "Over time," it says, "more consumers may come to regard broadband TV services as a replacement for broadcast TV."

Of houses with a TV, 69 per cent have an HD set.

The report reveals that the proportion of requests for the BBC iPlayer service from mobiles and tablets shot up from 25 per cent in October 2012 to 47 per cent in July 2014.

Us Brits watch about four hours of TV a day, according to the report. Despite the growth of catch-up and on-demand services, live linear viewing is still the most popular way.

However, this could decline in future, as only half of 16-24-year-olds watch live.

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