Freeview HD

What is Freeview HD?

Freeview HD is a television service that offers up to 12 HD channels through your existing TV aerial, all for free. The channels offered are:

101 BBC One HD
102 BBC Two HD
103 ITV HD
104 Channel 4 HD
105 BBC Three HD
106 BBC Four HD
107 BBC News HD
108 Al Jazeera English HD
109 Channel 4+1 HD
110 4seven HD

123 CBBC HD
124 CBeebies HD

All Freeview HD viewers will be able to receive BBC Three HD and CBBC HD.

The availability of other channels depends on where you live in the UK – check you channel line up.

To receive Freeview HD channels you’ll need a Freeview HD TV or recorder.

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What can I watch on Freeview HD?

Once you have Freeview HD equipment you can enjoy the perfect picture quality of your favourite shows on up to 12 HD channels including BBC One HD, BBC Two HD, ITV HD and Channel 4HD as well as more than 60 Freeview channels in standard definition – all subscription-free.

To find out what programmes are available on the HD channels you can use this handy TV Guide. There’s also Freeview TV Guide app for iPhone, iPad and Android (free, of course), for you to use when you’re out and about.

*the number of channels available is subject to Freeview TV coverage at your address.

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How much does Freeview HD cost?

Freeview HD is a free service, just like the rest of Freeview. There’s no contract and no monthly bill and up to 12 HD channels depending on coverage at your address.

However, you will need to have either a Freeview HD TV or Freeview HD Recorder. Prices for Freeview HD TVs start at around £300. Find out more about the product range available.

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How do I get Freeview HD?

As long as you’re in a Freeview coverage area (and 98.5% of the UK population is), it should be simple.  Most new TVs from the big brands come with Freeview HD built-in.

Or with an existing HDTV you just plug a Freeview HD recorder into your HD Ready TV using an HDMI cable. Tune your box, and go to channel 101 to watch BBC One HD programmes in high definition. You will also need an aerial to receive Freeview HD.

If you’ve got an older television, this is a great excuse to upgrade to a new one with Freeview HD built in. Either way, once you’re set up with the right equipment you can watch all the channels free.

Remember that an HD ready logo on your TV doesn’t mean that you are already watching HD channels on Freeview. When you’re buying a box or TV, look out for the Freeview HD logo to ensure that you’re buying an approved Freeview product, so you’ll be able to access all the Freeview HD channels as well as more than 60 Freeview channels.

Are you in coverage? Find out with our coverage checker.

*the number of channels available is subject to digital TV coverage at your address

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Will I need to change my aerial to get Freeview HD?

In most cases if you can already receive Freeview using your existing aerial, then it will be able to receive Freeview HD.  You will need Freeview HD equipment to view HD channels.

If you’re not sure, then your local aerial installer will be able to advise you. The following organisations can give you details of one or more members who operate in your area and guarantee their work:

Confederation of Aerial Industries (CAI)
Find a digital professional at getmedigital.com

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What is a Freeview HD Recorder?

A Freeview HD Recorder allows you to watch and record Freeview HD channels, with some other rather smart features. For example, you can record the entire series of your favourite show at the touch of a button, you can record two programmes at once and you can pause and rewind live TV.

Find out more about how to set up and use Freeview HD recorders.

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Can I get Freeview HD if I have a shared or communal aerial system?

Freeview recommends asking your landlord or management company to check with the aerial system installer to see if you are set up to receive Freeview HD.

A small number of people in flats with shared aerial systems may find that filters within their system actively filter out the frequency used to broadcast the HD channels. These filters will need to be changed to pass the Freeview HD signal to each individual household.

The households which are affected by this problem will receive a weak Freeview HD signal or missing HD channels, but other standard channel reception should be fine.  The experience may vary between adjacent flats, depending on how the aerial system has been installed.

You may want to try Freeview HD before having an aerial survey carried out.  If you do, make sure you buy the equipment from a retailer with a refund return policy.

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