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Beneath is Information on the Freeview service and it's variants, such as Freeview Play and why Smart Aerials are the company for you for your installations and Repairs.


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What is Freeview?

Launched in 2002, Freeview is a joint venture from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Arqiva and Sky that delivers up to 80 digital TV channel, including crystal clear High Definition (HD) content and digital radio all through a conventional TV aerial which was only previously capable of receiving four or five analogue channels. Prior to the analogue switch off and digital switch over which took place between 2005-2012, many abandoned their TV aerial and changed to pay satellite TV simply for a few extra TV stations and high quality TV pictures. This is no longer the case as Freeview is now the most popular TV platform in the UK. It is built into nearly all new TV’s and has been some time, making it perfect for a simple TV system or for extra TV’s around your home.

What is Freeview+?

Freeview+ plus essentially is the same as Freeview with the added functionality of being able to pause, rewind and record live TV to be able to watch at a later date. Freeview+ is usually supplied in the form of a Set Top Box (STB) with recordings usually set within the seven day TV guide and stored directly onto an integrated Hard-drive, no need to transfer recordings onto DVD’s or even Video cassettes. Many Freeview+ boxes also come equipped with an internet connection for Catch up TV services.

What is Freeview Play?

Freeview Play is the evolution of Freeview. Launched in 2015 it the amalgamation of live TV supplied via a TV aerial and catch up TV services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5 supplied via an internet connection. It is catch up TV made simple, if you miss a programme, simply go to your TV guide and scroll back up to seven days and press play, all subscription free! Freeview Play is being built into the majority of new digital TV’s but can also be supplied in the form of a Set Top Box.

Why choose Smart Aerials for your Freeview installation?

Okay, I will try to avoid the hard sell here. We already have well over a thousand happy customers like you! We are “Trading Standards Approved”, We offer a complete 12 month double backed guarantee as standard for all of our domestic Freeview aerial installations. As of (23/04/16) we are rated 9.92 out of 10 of Checkatrade.com. We answer our calls and e-mails and arrive on time and finally we are not a company that will hide behind Terms and Conditions. If for whatever reason you are not entirely happy with our service we will do our utmost to see that you are- and that’s a promise!