About Us

We believe great entertainment shouldn’t cost the earth. You seem to think so too – we’re the most-watched digital TV service in the UK – 20 million homes have Freeview*. After all, we give you the most popular UK channels subscription free. All you need is a Freeview HD TV or HD recorder, then plug in your aerial. And you’re good to go, no strings attached.

Our journey

We’ve come a long way since 2002. Freeview was launched by DTV Services Ltd, a company owned and run by BBC, Sky, Channel 4, ITV and Arqiva. We started with just 25 free to air channels – now you can watch over 60 digital TV channels and up to 12 HD channels, as ever, subscription free.

Where you can find us

DTV Services Ltd
The Met Building
22 Percy Street

The Freeview timeline: the big events

Check out our timeline below and see how we’ve changed over the years.

October 2002
Freeview launches with 25 free to air channels

May 2005
E4 launches on Freeview

July 2006
Film 4 launches on Freeview

May 2008
We gave customers more control of their TVs with Freeview +

March 2010
Freeview HD launches, giving you 3 HD channels free – we now have 12

February 2010
Freeview launch the TV Guide app to help you plan your viewing

October 2012
75% of households now watching free digital TV via aerial – that’s up from 5% in 2002.
Free digital TV becomes available to everyone as switchover completes

January 2015
4.3 million have Freeview HD on their main set

May 2015
Freeview pass 100 million sales


Freeview is marketed by DTV Services Limited
Registered number: 4435179, registered in England & Wales at the above address
*Based on the BARB (Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board) Establishment Survey q2 2013