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How do I set up a TV with Freeview built in?

Posted March 25, 2013 - Setting up

All TVs since 2010 come with Freeview built in so once you have unpacked the TV and set it on its stand/wall mount the most important thing you need is an aerial in good condition to pick up the Freeview signal.

We recommend a roof aerial as this will cause less problems with interference.  If you need a new aerial or to repair an existing aerial then 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 

A local installer will understand the circumstances and local geography of your area and suggest the best option for you.

In some cases a set-top aerial will work but this can involve more trial and error (check which way your neighbours’ aerials are pointing).

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Your Freeview TV will come with instructions on how to set up, but see our general summary below. If you require further support, you should contact the manufacturer.

Your Freeview TV should come with a power lead and a remote control and batteries.  Plug the TV in and fit the batteries to the remote.  Plug in the aerial and turn the TV on.

Most TVs will start with a set up procedure for you to follow.  If you have a smart TV then it you will be asked for your Wi-Fi network and password so have these ready.  Then you will be asked to tune your TV to find the available Freeview channels.  This will take 3-4 minutes.  At the end of this you can save the channels and start watching.  Remember that if you have a Freeview HD TV then HD channels start with BBC One at 101.



Related content:

Retuning guide
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How do I contact the manufacturer of a Freeview digital box or TV?

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