How do I switch to Freeview?

Posted March 25, 2013 - Reception aerials and coverage

Switching to Freeview is easy, and the chances are you already have the things you need. All TVs since 2010 have Freeview built in, so only require a working aerial to be plugged into the back. If your TV is older than this, you will need to buy a Freeview box.

We recommend a rooftop aerial as they tend to provide a stronger and more consistent signal, but you could test an indoor aerial if you are unsure about your rooftop aerial.

If you would like to be able to record Freeview channels and/or watch catch-up, Freeview HD Recorders and Freeview Play offer simple solutions to this, and can be connected to any HD Ready TV.

If you’re in the market for a new TV, consider buying one with built-in Freeview Play. These are future-proof, offering catch-up services by scrolling back through the TV guide to find what you’ve missed, and other apps and services depending on the manufacturer.

Things to think about

How many TVs do you have in your home?
Remember to consider every TV set that you have in your home.

Do you want to be able to record programmes?
Freeview HD and Freeview Play Recorders make it easy to fit TV to your lifestyle by recording your favourite programmes, series, pausing and rewinding live TV, and Freeview Play also allows you to catch up on demand.

What about your TV aerial?
In most cases your existing aerial will work fine. A few people may need an aerial upgrade.

What about listening to radio?
Freeview gives you access to up to 25 radio stations on your TV, up to 60 TV channels and 15 HD channels*.

If you think you need a new aerial, or repair work carried out, get in touch with the following organisations who can give you details of one or more members who operate in your area and guarantee their work:

Find an Installer
Find a digital professional at getmedigital.com

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

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