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How do I access subscription video-on-demand services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and NOW TV?

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At Freeview, we think everyone has the right to watch great TV for free. So all the channels are free, there’s no contract and only a one-off payment for the equipment.

Free streaming services from Freeview

With Freeview you get a range of free streaming channels from different providers, including specialist and foreign language channels and global news services. These channels are available from 225-250 on your TV guide.

When you’re watching a BBC channel, if you press the red button on your remote, Red Button+ gives you TV highlights, news, sport, children’s TV, check the weather and the lottery results. The Freeview Play apps page gives you extra services like BBC Sport and BBC News.

Can I get other paid streaming services through Freeview?

Of course, you can still pay for extra subscription channels from other companies in addition to Freeview if you want to. You’ll need the right equipment to receive their channels and services (but you’ll still get Freeview for free).

What channels do I get with Freeview?

With Freeview you get 70 TV channels and more than 30 radio stations, all with no subscription. And with a Freeview HD TV or recorder you can also watch up to 15 HD channels.

The exact number of channels you'll get will depend on the coverage at your address. Use our Freeview checker to find out the ones available to you.

Get even more with Freeview Play

Freeview Play lets you watch even more – with more than 20,000 hours of free on-demand content and catch-up TV from the likes of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, UKTV Play and CBS.

You can browse all the channels and choose a programme to catch up on by scrolling backwards through the TV Guide on all Freeview Play devices.

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You can't stream paid-for subscription services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and NOW TV via the Freeview mobile app but they are, of course, available via their own apps.

With Freeview, all the channels are free, there’s no contract, and with the Freeview mobile app you can easily link to content from the following players:

  • BBC iPlayer (BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies, BBC News, BBC Parliament – live and on demand)
  • ITV Hub (ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITVBe, CITV – live and on demand)
  • All 4 (Channel 4, E4, Film 4, More 4 – live and on demand)
  • My5 (5, 5USA, 5STAR, 5Spike, Paramount Network, 5SELECT – live and on  demand)
  • UKTV Play (Dave, Really, Yesterday, Drama – on demand only)

What else do I need?

You’ll need a minimum broadband speed of 2 Mbps to watch catch-up and on-demand services – this will count towards any monthly broadband data allowance you have. You'll also need a TV licence.

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