What is Freesat?

Freesat is a digital TV service available in the UK which does not require any subscription, so customers are not committed to anything or paying any extra each month for their TV.  Freesat operates via satellite, so it’s a good option for ex-Sky customers with the dish still attached to their home.  Alternatively, you can purchase a dish and have it installed.

Freesat offers free-to-air channels, including the mainstream favourites BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5.  Sister channels such as BBC Three, E4 and Film4 are also included, as well as the free digital radio stations.

Viewers with an HD-ready Freesat box and HD-ready TV can watch free-to-air high definition channels without paying extra, and these include BBC HD, BBC One HD and ITV1 HD.

There are various different Freesat boxes and Freesat integrated TVs on the market, built by different manufacturers.  A Freesat+ box will pause, rewind and record live TV, whilst a Freesat HD TV is a high definition TV set with the Freesat decoder built in.


With Freesat+ you never have to miss your favourite TV from the free-to-air channels.  You can take shows from BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, Channel 4 and any of the other free stations, and pause or rewind the TV using your remote, or you could find a movie on Film4 and record it to watch later.  A Freesat+ box has built-in memory so you can store multiple recordings, and if you get an HD box or Freesat HD TV then you can also watch in stunning high definition.

Freesat+ lets you pause, rewind or record anything on TV.

Freesat HD

With Freesat HD, you can enjoy TV in glorious high definition, with enhanced picture and sound.  You don’t have to pay anything extra for the HD channels you get with Freesat, but you do need to have a Freesat HD box and HD-ready TV, or a Freesat integrated HD TV.

The HD channels with Freesat are high definition broadcast of content from free-to-air stations, and you will also get over 150 channels in standard definition.

In order to watch with a Freesat HD box and HD TV, you will also need the HDMi cable, but this comes with the box.

Freesat Channels

There are plenty of channels to watch with Freesat, including all the major free-to-air stations.  You can get BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as related channels like BBC Three, BBC Four, ITV2, ITV3, More4, E4 and Film4.  You can also get many of the one hour catch-up channels, such as ITV1+1 and E4+1.

The selection of over 150 channels also includes digital radio stations and specialist TV.  You do not pay any extra for any channels; Freesat is a subscription-free service, and you only pay a one-off cost for any equipment, such as the Freesat box or the dish.

Freesat On Demand

Some Freesat products include on demand TV, letting you catch up on shows you might have missed over the last week.  With BBC iPlayer and ITV Player, you can search for content from those channels, and watch it via your TV at a time that suits you.  You can access these through the internet, but access with your TV is more convenient, and it is much more suitable if more than one person wants to watch.

Freesat Deals

Although Freesat is subscription-free, you still have to purchase a Freesat box or Freesat integrated TV, and if you want a good deal then you need to shop around.  Freesat products are built by many different manufacturers, and sold by various retailers.  You can compare prices to get a good deal, and then enjoy free digital TV with Freesat.