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Freeview is digital TV received via a TV aerial. If you're in range of a Freeview transmitter, chances are your existing TV aerial is able to get Freeview.
Freeview offers around 40 digital TV channels, including the main five channels, plus channels like ITV2, BBC3, E4, Dave, Quest, 5 USA, Pick TV, plus news, music and kids channels.
Freeview's the cheapest way of getting digital TV. Freeview boxes are available for a one-off cost of about £20, and there's no subscription.
Freeview is available subscription-free via a TV aerial. You need to be in a Freeview reception area though.
Here are the ways that you can get Freeview:
The five steps to getting your Freeview box connected and working:
|1. First, connect from the Freeview set-top box to the TV set using a SCART lead (No SCART on your TV?)|
|2. Next, plug in a TV aerial feed to the Freeview set-top box|
|3. Switch on the TV and the Freeview box at the mains|
|4. Set the TV to the Line In / SCART socket (normally labeled AV / Line In or with the icon on the right)|
|5. Scan for Freeview channels - the option will be available via the Freeview's on-screen menu.|
At the moment, Freeview isn't operating on full power in the UK. This is partly so that it doesn't interfere with normal analogue telly, and partly as some transmitters have not been converted to digital yet. Coverage and signal strength will improve as we get closer to 2012, when the switchover is complete.
To check if you're in a coverage area, enter your postcode into the Freeview Postcode Checker. This will tell you if you're meant to get Freeview where you are.