Ofcom finds 22% of gaming homes view TV on consoles
One in five households with games consoles is using the devices to view TV and video content, according to Ofcom.
The regulator's latest Communications Market Report revealed 54 per cent of all UK homes have a Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 or another similar gadget.
Some 22 per cent of these are being used to download and stream content from the web, and watch shows through catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer.
Ofcom's report also showed just under ten million television sets were sold in the UK during 2010, almost all of which supported high-definition content. Around one million of them were internet-enabled, while 125,000 had 3D capabilities.
The average Brit now watches more than four hours of TV per day, up by approximately 18 minutes on the figure recorded a decade ago.
Last month, the telecoms watchdog announced the number of UK households using digital TV services such as BT Vision, Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media reached 93.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2011.
The figure represented an increase of one percentage point on the corresponding period of last year.