Freeview Plus

Freeview Plus

Freeview Plus enables you to record, pause and rewind programmes on a PVR or personal video recorder with one or more Freeview receivers built in. This means you can have many of the features of a Sky, Virgin or BT box without the monthly subscription, so depending on the availability of channels in your area it can be a very cost-effective way to get digital TV.

What Do I Need For Freeview Plus?

Very simple – you need to have Freeview reception in your area and a Freeview Plus box, nothing more. Freeview Plus is also available in HD (just the same as normal Freeview) and for this you would need a Freeview Plus HD box and HD ready TV.

Freeview Plus is not a service as such but is a mark of approval given to any device that meets the specifications set out by Freeview. These are as follows;

  • EPG or Electronic Programme Guide – boxes must have at least eight-day EPG
  • Series link – this is where you can set one timer to record a whole series
  • Record split programmes as one programme – for example when a film is split in half by the news
  • Offer to record related programme
  • Record alternative showing if there is a time conflict
  • Schedule changes updated in standby – for example if you set the timer to record a programme and switch the recorder off (into standby mode) and the programme time is changed the recorder knows this
  • Accurate recording – programmes are recorded based on signals sent by the broadcaster rather than scheduled time

Compare Freeview Plus to Sky, Virgin and BT

What is the difference then between a Freeview Plus box and one of the boxes included in a package from the main TV providers? There is a huge range to choose from when it comes to Freeview boxes so here are the key features of the Sky, Virgin and BT TV boxes to use for comparison when you’re choosing.

Sky+ and Sky+HD Box

  • Storage 500GB
  • EPG 7 days
  • Number of tuners 2
  • HD ready Yes, with the HD pack
  • 3D ready Yes, with Sky World package

Virgin V+HD Box

Virgin V+HD Box

  • Storage 160GB
  • EPG 7 days
  • Number of tuners 3
  • HD ready Yes
  • 3D ready Yes

Virgin TiVo Box

Virgin TiVo Box

  • Storage 1TB and 500GB available
  • EPG 14 days
  • Number of tuners 3
  • HD ready Yes
  • 3D ready Yes

BT Vision+ Box

BT Vision+ Box

  • Storage 160GB
  • EPG 14 days
  • Number of tuners 2
  • HD ready Yes
  • 3D ready Yes

What to Look For in A Freeview Plus Box

Freeview at Dixons
Best Range of Prices

Cheap Freeview Box

From cheap and cheerful at under £20 to Freeview HD boxes with built-in recorder there’s a wide range of price points on Freeview at Dixons.

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Freeview at Tesco
Best Freeview HD Range

iCan Freeview HD Box

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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Freeview at John Lewis
Best Freeview Recorder Range

TVonics Freeview+ HD Digital Recorder

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 on Top Up
Add Extra Channels

Top Up TV Freeview

If you want to add extra channels like Sky Sports or Picture Box movies to your Freeview experience without a long contract check out Top Up TV.

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