What Is Freeview?
Freeview is the free digital television service in the UK. It comprises all the channels from the Uk’s free-to-air broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, C4, Channel 5, Dave and many more. Freeview brings you all your existing favourite TV channels plus extra TV Channels for free, so if you love TV you will really love Freeview!
How do I get the Freeview Channels?
If you have an analogue television, you will need to purchase a set-top-box (£18) or a P.V.R. personal video recorder PVR (£85 – £200). Otherwise, you can purchase an HD integrated digital television to replace your existing analogue TV. Once you have the necessary equipment, you will be able to watch Freeview.
Some manufacturers offer equipment which has the added capability of being able to receive the Freeview Electronic Program Guide (EPG). These products will also give you access to the full suite of
Freeview channels (both SD and HD channels). Only products that feature this Freeview EPG logo will receive the Freeview EPG: To learn more about the Freeview EPG, including the features and benefits, visit http://www.freeview.co.uk
Why Am I Being Asked to Switch to Freeview?
Between March 2012 and April 2012 Bournemouth and the surrounding areas will find the analogue free-to-view TV signals will be switched off and replaced with digital-only signals (Freeview).
Once this analogue signal has been turned off, the only way to continue watching your favourite TV shows for free, is to switch from analogue to Freeview digital television. ‘Digital” refers to the way in which content is transmitted from the TV stations to your TV.
It uses technology that has benefits over the analogue transmission system including:
1. You get MORE CHANNELS! Digital is a more efficient broadcasting mechanism, so the networks can squeeze more channels into the same space.
2. Better sound and picture quality
3. And best of all it’s FREE!
For more information visit http://www.freeview.co.uk
This does not affect Sky or Virgin Media customers as their services are already digital.