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TV sales fell for the first time ever in U.K.






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Things are not so good for makers of televisions in the U.K. The number of homes with a TV fell for the first time ever. After years of television sales increasing, the opposite is happening. The number of U.K. homes with a TV fell from 26.33 million in 2012 to 26.02 million in 2013 - a fall of 300,000. The first survey on TV ownership in Britain was in 1956. Only 30 per cent of homes had a TV. This increased to 93 per cent in the 1970s.

The fall in TV ownership is because of tablets, mobile phones and laptops. People now watch 'catch-up' TV, which is when they record shows and watch them later on digital devices. Catch-up TV is becoming very popular. The BBC said that 47 per cent of people use its iPlayer website on tablets or mobiles. It was 25 per cent in 2012. Fifteen per cent of 18-24-year-olds watch TV on a laptop, compared to the U.K. average of 3 per cent.

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