The idea behind Freeview is that all 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 are available on channels 225-250 if you are connected to the internet.
When you’re watching a BBC channel, you can press the red button on your remote for TV highlights, news, sport, children’s TV, the weather forecast and the lottery results from Red Button+.
The Freeview Play apps page also gives you extra services like BBC Sport and BBC News.
Can I get other paid streaming services through Freeview?
You can still pay for extra subscription channels from other companies in addition to Freeview – and of course, you’ll still get Freeview for free.
You’ll need the right equipment to receive their channels and services. Most Freeview Play TVs come with Netflix and Amazon apps built into their smart features, so for a few pounds a month it’s easy to top up your viewing.
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 scroll back through the TV Guide (EPG) and choose a programme to catch up on, on all connected Freeview Play devices.
What channels do I get?
With Freeview, you can 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 get will depend on the coverage at your address. Use our Freeview Checker to find out the ones available to you.
The Freeview mobile app and the channel players and content it links to are always free but, of course, you can still pay for and use extra subscription players and apps separately to Freeview if you want to.
From the Freeview mobile app, you can easily access content from:
- BBC iPlayer (BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies, BBC News and 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)