Free-to-air satellite service Freesat continues to hover below the 2m user mark more than six years after launch.
In an update issued on Tuesday, the service announced the addition of 18,000 new homes in the three months to March 2014, taking total claimed users to 1.84m.
The service was launched in 2008 by ITV and the BBC, principally for those households outside the Freeview coverage area.
Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director, claimed: “TV fans are switching on to our Freetime service and switching away from pay TV and the expensive contracts that go with it.”
However the service’s meagre growth is dwarfed by the numbers joining pay-TV services, including BT and TalkTalk whose YouView-based services offer a low-cost alternative to Sky and Virgin Media.
In addition, Sky attracted 74,000 new homes to its TV services in the most recent quarter, many of which signed up to its low-cost, contract-free Now TV streaming service.
Freesat’s much-hyped Freetime boxes, which offer catch-up services from selected channels, now account for “over 40% of all Freesat set-top box sales”.
In the most recent quarter that suggests around 7,200 unit sales.