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How to Get ESPN on Freeview
Into your sport? Got Freeview? Rather than paying for Sky's expensive sports channels, you might be able to get ESPN via your TV aerial.
ESPN on Freeview?
With a suitable Digital TV or Freeview set-top box, you may be able to watch ESPN via a TV aerial. No need to sign to Sky's satellite service, or get cable TV
On this page, we give you the basics on how to get ESPN on your Freeview box or TV.
ESPN VT Vision Deal:
ESPN is free with a BT Vision Unlimited subscription (£12.50 a month). Find out more here: BT Vision Sport
How do I get ESPN?
If you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV, and you tune to channel 34, you should see an entry for ESPN, the sports channel, but how do you get it?
ESPN is a subscription channel, so you need to have a subscription card to watch it.
You will also need a TV set, or a Freeview set-top box that has a slot for the subscription card.
My TV has a slot - Can I get ESPN?
Many newer digital TV sets have what's called a CI slot. Into this, you need to slide a CAM (Conditional Access Module). Into a CAM, you can insert a subscription card.
If your TV has a socket suitable for a CAM and subscription card, then you should be able to get ESPN.
- Need a CAM and card? Go to www.topuptv.com - Top Up TV manage the ESPN subscriptions on Freeview, and can provide the CAM, card and subscription.
- Want to know how to use a CAM? See our CAM Help and Advice section
My Freeview box has a slot for a card. Can I get ESPN?
Probably. While most Freeview boxes are basic, and don't have a card slot, some do, and unless the box is a very old box, you may be able to insert a subscription card and start watching.
If your box is suitable, go to www.topuptv.com and get yourself a viewing card for ESPN.
No card slot?
If your TV has no card slot, and your Freeview box has no card slot, you'll need to get yourself a set-top box that accepts a subscription card. There are three options:
Top Up TV can supply you with a basic Freeview box, the T215. This will be able to receive the main Freeview channels. It has a card slot suitable for ESPN and Sky Sports.
At the time of writing, this costs £49.99, and the first month of ESPN is free. Details, and to order: www.topuptv.com
This box is a little more advanced than the basic box. It supports Freeview HD - high definition TV, and also can get the BBC iPlayer if you connect the box to the Internet
This seems to be a fairly popular box, and is capable of getting ESPN and Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 2. As it's a bit more advanced, this is a more expensive box - at the time of writing, the box costs £129.99
Details at www.topuptv.com
BT Vision combines Freeview and on-demand TV... movies and TV shows over the Internet.
The BT Vision box is a hard-disk recorder, supports HD films and a decent library of on-demand content.
The box supports ESPN and will soon be offering Sky Sports. Currently, ESPN is free if you subscribe to the BT Vision Unlimited package. Go to vision.bt.com for the details.
ESPN Freeview FAQ:
- No questions yet!
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- Using a CAM for ESPN - Help on using a CAM and CI slot
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