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HD demand increases BSkyB profit

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Sky+HD now reaches 1.6m households

BSkyB has reported a 40% rise in first quarter profits, helped by strong demand from new customers for high definition viewing.

The broadcaster achieved pre-tax profits of £180m in the three months to 30 September, up from £129m a year ago.

Strong demand for Sky+HD added another 287,000 customers, a threefold improvement on the previous year.

The number of people leaving Sky rose to 11.3% from 9.9% after an increase in the price of subscriptions.

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