New research published by communications regulator Ofcom might cause a little bit of alarm for the TV industry, after it was revealed the number of UK households that own a set has dropped for the first time in a long while.

The number of households with a TV stood at 26.02 million at the end of 2013, which was down from 26.33 million at the end of 2012 and is the first annual decline for a good number of years.

But the reason isn't necessarily because we're watching less TV as a nation – more the fact we're using alternative devices, with nearly 1 million homes with a broadband internet connection and no TV.

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Smartphones, tablets, games consoles and computers are becoming increasingly important for watching video content, with catch-up and on-demand viewing one of the latest viewing trends.

Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards said: "The way consumers interact with their TV, phone and broadband is changing as fast as technology is evolving. 

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"Our challenge is to keep supporting competition and innovation, while also helping to improve coverage across the country – particularly in hard-to-reach areas."

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