Freeview

Freeview is what’s replacing the analogue signal as the basic free TV service everyone in the UK will be able to get (after 2012, that is), and consists of over 50 TV channels (including regional variations), teletext services and digital radio stations. This all comes free of charge through your regular rooftop aerial and all you need to watch it is a Freeview box or a TV or DVD/hard disc recorder with a Freeview tuner built in. Freeview HD is also available in many areas, this is being rolled out across the UK between now and 2012, and Freeview Plus is a great way to record, pause and rewind TV with no subscription – more details below.


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Excellent choice of Freeview HD boxes, from special offers that make HD very affordable to top-of-the-range spec boxes with hard disc recording.

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Great range of Freeview HD recorders if you want to spend a bit more and get 1TB of memory space, built-in Blu-Ray recorder, twin tuners and more.

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Freeview TV Boxes

 

Sagem Freeview If all you want to do is be able to watch TV and record one channel then you can buy a basic set-top box for as little as £10, however most people will want the ability to record one channel while watching another one, and use built-in timer functions, in which case you'll want to invest in something a bit better.

Freeview HD

Freeview HDSome areas can get HD on Freeview - this was announced in 2008 and has been gradually introduced area by area - Freeview HD will be available across the UK by the end of 2012 and the current channels are as follows;

  • BBC One HD
  • ITV HD
  • Channel 4 HD
  • BBC HD
  • S4C HD (Wales only)
  • STV HD (Scotland only)

To get Freeview in HD you need an HD-ready Freeview Box and TV - there is no need to get a new aerial as long as the one you have is compatible with Freeview after the switchover in your area.

Freeview Plus

Freeview Plus If you want to record, pause and rewind your TV channels but don't want to subscribe to a service like Sky Digital, Virgin Media or BT Vision then Freeview Plus could be the answer. Freeview Plus recorders start from around £75 depending on how much disc space you want and general build quality of the brand - they are available from most good electronics retailers like Dixons and John Lewis. The initial cost of the box is the only thing you pay for, there is no subscription or set-up fee.

You can also get Freeview Plus in HD, recorders start at around the £200 mark and you'll need an HD TV to watch it on, of course. Before investing in one of these you would check availability of Freeview HD channels in your area.

Freeview Channels

The following free-to-air channels are currently available on Freeview

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • ITV
  • Channel 4
  • S4C
  • Channel Five
  • ITV2
  • BBC Three
  • Channel 4
  • TeleG
  • BBC Four
  • ITV3
  • Sky3
  • Yesterday
  • Channel 4 +1
  • More4
  • Film4
  • QVC
  • 4Music
  • Dave
  • Channel One
  • Viva
  • Ideal World
  • bid tv
  • ITV4
  • Dave ja vu
  • ITV2 +1
  • E4
  • E4 +1
  • Fiver
  • Five USA
  • The Big Deal
  • ITV2 +1
  • ITV Preview 1
  • Create and Craft
  • price-drop tv
  • Quest
  • Rocks & Co 1
  • Gems TV
  • Sky3 +1
  • CBBC Channel
  • CBeebies
  • CITV
  • BBC News
  • BBC Parliament
  • Sky News
  • CNN International
  • RT
  • S4C2
  • Community Channel
  • Al Jazeera English
  • TV News
  • SmileTV2
  • SmileTV3
  • Partyland
  • TMTV
  • Blue Kiss TV
  • Red Hot TV
  • Filth

The following radio stations are also on Freeview depending on your area

  • BBC Radio 1
  • BBC Radio 1Xtra
  • BBC Radio 2
  • BBC Radio 3
  • BBC Radio 4
  • BBC Radio 5 Live
  • BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
  • BBC 6 Music
  • BBC Radio 7
  • BBC Asian Network
  • BBC World Service
  • The Hits Radio
  • Smash Hits
  • Kiss 100
  • Heat
  • Magic 105.4
  • Q
  • 102.2 Smooth Radio
  • BBC Radio Scotland
  • BBC Radio Ulster
  • BBC Radio Wales
  • BBC Radio Cymru
  • BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
  • BBC Radio Foyle
  • Kerrang!
  • talkSPORT
  • 95.8 Capital FM
  • Premier Christian Radio
  • U105
  • Absolute Radio
  • Heart London