Freeview HD is the free to air digital TV service that you don’t have to subscribe to. In 2010 Freeview announced that they were going to change their service slightly to customers which would mean that viewers of the digital TV service could access high definition content for the first time ever without having to pay for any additional subscriptions.
What channels do you get?
There are currently four channels on the Freeview HD service, which are BBC One HD, BBC HD, Channel 4 HD and ITV 1 HD. There are no additional options to add on other channels on Freeview HD, and these are the only channels that are currently available on the Freeview HD service.
What equipment do you get?
On Freeview HD, the equipment you get depends on how much you are willing to pay for a new digital TV or Freeview HD set top box.
If you don’t have a digital TV with Freeview HD built into it you can purchase a Freeview HD set top box from most popular retailers such as John Lewis, and Curry’s Digital. The cost of these set top boxes start at around £70 and go up to £150 for a normal Freeview HD box without a personal video recorder built in. Set top boxes with the functionality to record, pause and rewind live TV cost around £200.
There are a number of brands of Freeview HD set top box that it’s difficult to make a recommendation but in our experience brands such as Humax, and Phillips tend to be quite reliable.
What does it cost?
There is no monthly subscription charge for the Freeview HD service but you will need to purchase a Freeview HD compatible set top box, which ranges from around £70 to around £200 depending on the functionality that you want from the set top box.
Channels that are available
There are four HD channels available on Freeview HD
BBC One HD, BBC HD, Channel 4 HD, and ITV 1 HD