Freesat vs. Freeview: What You Need to Know

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Freesat vs. Freeview: What You Need to Know

In a world of both Freeview and Freesat, it can be difficult to know which option is best for meeting all your free-to-air TV needs. Here at Digital Satellite & Aerial Services, we’ll review the channels you can get with each option, as well as the priceand recording abilities so you can choose the best free-to-air TV for you.

An overview of Freeview

Freeview is available in a variety of different forms. Modern TV sets often have Freeview already built in, but you can also buy it as a set top box (in various sizes). They’re manufactured by a variety of electronics companies both large and small, so there’s a wide selection on the market for you to choose from.

You simply hook Freeview up to your TV aerial, and if you want to access Smart TV services, your broadband too, and then you’re good to start viewing.

Freesat Overview

If you’re looking to get lots of channels without paying for a Sky subscription, Freesat is a good alternative. You’ll need the Freesat box and a satellite dish installed, and it is more expensive, but if you have bad TV signal in your area, it’s a wise investment.


Freeview boxes vary widely in price, as so many companies make them. This means that you’re almost guaranteed to find an option to match your budget. Basic Freeview boxes cost as little as £20 and boxes with large amounts of storage for your recordings for a couple hundred.

Free sat boxes have a slightly higher price base, but their price range is similar to Freeview boxes. Freesat does require a satellite dish in order to receive TV, so this can add a significant cost to setting it up. Essentially, if you receive a decent TV signal and want to save as much money, Freeview is the choice for you.


Freeview offers 70+ TV and radio channels, depending on where you live, but if you’re looking for as many TV channels as possible, Freesat is probably going to be a better option for you. Freesat gives you access to more than 200 TV and radio channels, so you can rest assured that you’re never going to run out of something to watch.

Recording capabilities

Both Freeview and Freesat allow you to record all your favourite programming, so you don’t need to worry about ever missing your favourite TV shows ever again. Depending on the model of Freeview or Freesat box you choose, you can store anywhere between 500GB-1TB of TV and radio.

For more information about the differences between Freeview and Freesat, don’t hesitate to give the team at Digital Satellite & Aerial Services a call on 01795 665977 or get in touch with us online today.

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