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.
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
27 Mortimer Street
The Freeview timeline: the big events
Check out our timeline below and see how we’ve changed over the years.
Freeview launches with 25 free to air channels
E4 launches on Freeview
Film 4 launches on Freeview
We gave customers more control of their TVs with Freeview +
Freeview HD launches, giving you 3 HD channels free – we now have 12
Freeview launch the TV Guide app to help you plan your viewing
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
4.3 million have Freeview HD on their main set
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