Freesat is a free to air service which uses a satellite dish in order to deliver channels to viewers who purchase the Freesat service. There are no monthly subscription fees and Freesat also has a small selection of high definition channels that users can access.
What Channels do you get?
The number of high definition channels that you can get on Freesat is currently limited to three these are BBC HD, BBC One HD, and ITV HD, so the selection is quite limited. There are no other options to add on additional high definition channels onto Freesat.
What equipment do I get?
With Freesat, in order to obtain the high definition channels, you need to get a Freesat box which is capable of transmitting in high definition these start at around £200 and can be purchased from most online retailers, or high street retailers such as John Lewis and Curry’s Digital.
A Freesat HD set top box will currently cost around £200 with PVR (Personal video recorder) models being slightly more expensive. There are many different brands of Freesat set top box, but we’ve found the manufacturer Humax to make a good and affordable Freesat HD box.
What does it cost?
Because Freesat is a subscription free TV service the Freesat HD service is free and the does not have a monthly subscription in order to obtain the high definition channels which are part of the service. You will however need to purchase a Freesat HD box, which will cost anything from around £150 depending on the brand and functionality that you want.
Channels that are available
Freesat currently has three high definition channels:
BBC HD, BBC One HD, and ITV HD.