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About Us

We are the most watched digital TV service in the UK – around 19 million homes use Freeview. And now we’ve launched Freeview Play, we’re giving viewers even more choice and control with catch up and live TV all in one place. And as ever with Freeview, it’s all subscription free.

Our history

In 2002, Freeview was launched by DTV Services Ltd – a company owned and run by BBC, Sky, Channel 4, ITV and Arqiva. We began with just 25 free to air channels, now you can watch more than 60 and up to 15 HD channels through your aerial.

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.

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

October 2015
Freeview Play launches

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

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