Analogue switch-off will begin in Whitehaven, Cumbria late next year
Almost three out of four UK households now watch digital television, according to media watchdog Ofcom.
Quarterly figures show that 73.3% of households watch digital services on their main TV set, a rise by around 800,000 over the last three months.
Around 18.5 million have digital TV installed, with increasing numbers watching on second or third sets.
The figures also show that 9.3 million households now have digital terrestrial television, such as Freeview.
More households (7 million) watch digital terrestrial TV than traditional analogue TV (6.4 million) on their main set, according to Ofcom's report.
Between late 2007 and 2012, the analogue TV signal will be switched off in the UK.