Freesat, the joint venture between the BBC and ITV offering free, digital satellite television has reached 100,000 sales within 5 months of launching in May 2008.

The company says sales of high-definition Freesat boxes have been helped by a summer of major sporting events in HD such as Euro 2008, Wimbledon and Olympic Games, as well as the likes of The Proms and movie blockbusters such as King Kong.

Emma Scott, MD of Freesat commented, "There’s no denying how much people enjoy watching in high definition once they see it for themselves and the success of Freesat proves that".

As well as announcing the milestone, the company has revealed that Freesat+, a digital television recorder, will be launched in November.