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Freesat – Digital Satellite TV Without Subscription

Information about Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service in the UK. Details of what Freesat offers, how to get it, and help to existing users.

 

Freesat logoWhat is Freesat?

Freesat is a digital TV service that’s backed by both the BBC and ITV. As the name suggests, it offers a number of TV channels using a satellite dish, and there’s no subscription (unlike Sky’s satellite offering).

Freesat launched on the 6th May 2008, and currently offers over 130 channels.

To get Freesat, you will need a Freesat receiver, and to have a satellite dish pointing in the general direction of the Astra satellite. Some High Definition content is available on Freesat, including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 HD channels.


Freesat EPG
Freesat EPG on a Humax FoxSat  
 

What’s on Freesat

Around 130 channels of TV and 30 radio stations.

The Freesat Channels are all subscription-free. Mainstream channels include BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5, E4, More 4, ITV2, ITV3, BBC Three, BBC Four, the BBC News channel, CBBC and CBeebies for the kids.

Other channels on offer include Film 4, True Movies, Movies4Men, Euronews, Men & Motors, Wedding TV, Chart Show TV and Al-Jazeera News. See our full Freesat channel list

HD: Freesat is currently offering five HD channels, BBC One HD, BBC Two HD, ITV 1 HD, Channel 4 HD and HNK World HD


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How to get Freesat

To be able to watch Freesat, you need the following:

  • Satellite dishA satellite dish: You need a dish pointing in the right direction (towards the Astra satellites). If you have an old Sky dish, this will do fine. You can install a dish yourself with a DIY kit, or go for a professional installation by contacting a local satellite TV installation firm.
  • A Freesat Receiver: Freesat boxes are available for a one-off payment of £50 or more. We have a list of boxes here: UK Freesat Boxes. Some TV sets also have Freesat receivers built-in.

Freesat Set-top boxes

We have a page listing the available Freesat satellite receiver boxes – See our Freesat boxes section.

Here are the Freesat boxes we recommend:


Bush BFSAT02SD
Bush BFSAT01SD
Basic Freesat receiver. Doesn’t support High Definition – No built-in recorderConnectors: 1 x SCART, LNB in/Out, Ethernet£30 – from Argos (Cat no: 532/1557)

Humax Foxsat HD
Humax Foxsat HD
Supports High Definition Freesat channels. No built-in recorderConnectors: 2 x SCART, HDMI, Component, USB, EthernetReview: Humax Foxsat Review

 


Humax Foxsat HDR
Humax FoxSat HVR
PVR
Supports High Definition Freesat and can record 200 hours of Freesat

  • 320GB built-in hard-disk (up to 200 hours recording)
  • High Definition satellite TV recorder
  • Twin Tuner
  • Series link, pause live TV and 8 day EPG

Connectors: 2 x SCART, HDMI

More on our Humax Foxsat HDR page

Available for £249.99 from Play.com

 

Got a question on Freesat? First, try our Freesat FAQ.


If the answer’s not on our FAQ, ask in our Freesat Forum

 

 

 

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One Response to "Freesat – Digital Satellite TV Without Subscription"

  1. richard green Says:

    hi there,
    why do i sometimes get a breakup of hi-def channels yet its fine on standard def, this problem has existed for the last 2-3 months, i have installed a decent sony bravia a humax foxsat-hdr box and a selfsat-h21d flat antenna this combination has been working well since hi-def started.
    regards
    richard

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