Do I need an aerial?
Yes. You need an aerial to get Freeview. But first, check your Freeview coverage and see what channels you can receive at your address.
Check your aerial
Make sure your aerial is in good condition and connected to the aerial point in your living room. The aerial lead must be securely plugged into the socket in the back of your Freeview TV or recorder.
It’s likely that your existing aerial will work, as long as it’s not out of position or damaged by the weather. Go outside and check that your aerial is pointing in the same direction as others nearby.
Channels on Freeview can change from time to time – some are removed, new ones are added and channel numbers can change. Once in a while, try retuning your Freeview TV or HD recorder to make sure you have the latest channels.
Installing a new aerial
If your picture quality is poor, you might have a damaged aerial or cable that needs attention from a professional installer. Based on industry guidance, a typical aerial replacement costs £150. However, there can be regional variation and complex installations can cost significantly more.
Get in touch with either the Confederation of Aerial Industries (CAI) or Get Me Digital who can give you details of one or more members who operate in your area and guarantee their work:
Find an approved CAI installer at Get Me Viewing
Find a digital professional at getmedigital.com
A local installer will understand the circumstances and local geography of your area and suggest the best option for you.
TVs bought since 2010 already have Freeview built-in. All you need to do is connect it to a working aerial.
However, if your TV is HD Ready and you’d like to benefit from up to 15 HD channels and record live TV, you can upgrade to Freeview HD or Freeview Play Recorders. These allow you to pause, rewind and record live TV, and Freeview Play also allows you to catch up by scrolling back through your TV guide to find and watch shows you’ve missed.
Find out more about Freeview HD and Freeview Play
With Freeview you can get 70 TV channels, 15 HD channels, and more than 30 radio stations, all with no subscription. This includes all the UK’s most popular channels. And with a Freeview HD TV or recorder you can also watch up to 15 HD channels, featuring all the most popular programmes.
The number of channels you receive will depend on the coverage at your address. Use our coverage checker to find out the channels available to you.
Find out about the full range of channels available through Freeview.
Top 5 questions
Freeview has no monthly cost and there is no contract to sign.
If you have bought a TV since 2010, Freeview is built in already. Just connect a working aerial and away you go.
If you have an existing rooftop aerial, you should be able to use this to receive Freeview without any problems. In some cases, it might be weather-damaged or need other attention and some people may need an aerial upgrade to experience the complete Freeview service.
If you need a to repair or replace your aerial get in touch with either the Confederation of Aerial Industries (CAI) or Get Me Digital who can give you details of one or more members who operate in your area and guarantee their work:
If you have an older (HD Ready) TV, to get Freeview you need a Freeview HD Recorder. Prices start at around £80. Take a look at the product range.
If you’re in the market for a new TV, or are looking to upgrade your box you should consider Freeview Play, our future-proof solution, which incorporates catch-up TV with your TV Guide. Simply scroll back through to see which shows are available on demand.
Remember, after the one-off cost of purchasing the equipment, you pay no subscription to receive Freeview.
Find out if you’re in that 98.5% with our coverage checker.
The Freeview coverage checker gives a good indication of whether you’ll be able to receive Freeview. However, do bear in mind that it is a prediction based on an area 100 square metres around your address. There might be some homes in that area which cannot receive Freeview, because of the exact location of the property and other elements of your local geography, such as tall buildings, trees or hills.
When you buy a Freeview HD TV or other equipment, we recommend that you make sure that you can get a refund from your retailer if these local factors prevent you from receiving Freeview.