What do I need to get Freeview Play?

Posted September 21, 2015 - Getting Freeview Play

You’ll need a Freeview Play TV or recorder, a working TV aerial, and broadband access so you can connect to the internet.

Firstly, make sure your aerial is plugged in to the aerial socket in the back of your TV or recorder. Then connect your TV or recorder to broadband using Wi-Fi* (or an Ethernet cable directly from your router if it is near enough**). Next you’ll be asked to tune in to get your Freeview channels, which will take a few minutes, and then you’re good to go.

Diagram showing TV and Ethernet or Wifi box

Most TVs now include the option to connect using Wi-Fi and as long as you have a connection speed of more than 2Mbps you should be able to watch catch up TV. If you can’t see programmes when you scroll back in the TV guide, then you’re not connected to the web.

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*A minimum broadband speed of 2Mbps is required to watch catch up and on demand services – this will count towards any monthly broadband data allowance. Only selected channels provide 7-day catch up.

** If Wi-Fi isn’t strong enough, and you can’t run an ethernet cable because your router is too far away, you may want to consider a powerline adapter.

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