What is Freeview?

Freeview is a free digital TV service offering many digital TV channels including Film 4, E4, ITV2, BBC Three, Sky News and CBeebies. It only requires a one-off payment for the equipment and there's no monthly subscription.

What equipment do I need?

All you need is a digital box or digital TV recorder which will work with your existing TV. Or alternatively a digital TV with the box already built in.

How much does it cost?

We have digital boxes available from around £20 to £250. The more expensive boxes include a digital TV recorder so you can watch one English (U.K) programme while recording another. Digital TVs are available from around £100 to £3,500.

Is payment by a one-off cost or by subscription?

A one-off payment for the digital box or digital TV.

How is it installed?

You connect the digital box to your existing TV and rooftop aerial. Or just connect the digital TV to your rooftop aerial. In some cases an aerial upgrade may be required, which could cost between £55 to £150. 

What channels and services do I get as standard?

Whether you're a film buff or big on stand-up, you'll always find something to watch. Get a Freeview HD smart TV or HD recorder, connect it to the internet, and watch shows on BBC iPlayer or videos on YouTube. Some TVs also include ITV Player, All 4, and Demand Five.

There are also paid services available on most smart TVs, so you can watch extra TV programmes, box sets and the latest films from Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Now TV.

What additional services does Freeview offer?

With most digital boxes and digital TVs you can receive eight-day programme information which enables you to control your viewing and watch TV when it suits you.

With a twin-tuner digital TV recorder you can record one channel whilst watching another, pause live TV and record your favourite programmes directly onto the digital TV recorder.

Digital text and enhanced TV, including background programme information and additional live footage for events such as Wimbledon, Open Golf are also available.

Many digital boxes and digital TVs have a parental lock facility which enables you to control which channels can be viewed.