Freesat Radio

Posted on December 2, 2011 by admin

Launched in May 2008, and jointly funded by the BBC and ITV, Freesat provides a free-to-air satellite TV service including radio channels and some high-definition television.

First published in the Radio Listener's Guide 2012 edition

 

Freesat carries over 150 television and radio channels, as well as free high-definition channels. The radio channels are listed below.


Freesat audio quality

Very similar to that of Sky and Freeview - and certainly better than that for DAB.


What equipment do you need?

You’ll need a Freesat set-top box, a satellite dish and a TV. You do NOT have to change your existing television, although Freesat-equipped television sets are available.

A Freesat set-top box enables your existing TV set to receive digital signals.

Standard-definition (SD) boxes cost around £50, high-definition boxes around £120. If you hook up the audio outputs from your Freesat box to your hifi and purchase a Freesat box that shows the channel number on the box itself, you won’t have to switch on the TV to listen to radio.

If you haven’t already got a dish you’ll need one installed. The cost including fitting should be no more than £80-£100.


Recording radio on Freesat

The Humax Foxsat PVR (£250) was the first Freesat PVR to launch and is still one of the most popular models. PVRs are now also available from Panasonic, Goodmans and Sagem. They offer high-definition recording in a similar way to that of Sky+, but without the need to pay a subscription.


What if you already have a Sky dish?

If you already have a Sky dish you can use it. Freesat broadcasts come from the same cluster of satellites used by Sky, so you can use exactly the same dish and cables. If you have a Sky+ installation, your satellite dish should have two spare feeds that you can use, without even having to disturb your Sky installation!


Coverage and reception

Almost everyone in the UK should be able to pick up Freesat. Around 2% of households may not be able to, as they don’t have ‘line of sight’ with the satellites due to trees, buildings or other obstructions. If you can’t get Sky you won’t be able to receive Freesat either. In Europe you can pick up Freesat over most of France with a 50 or 60cm dish. 


Other channels

In addition to the channels listed on the Freesat EPG there are over 200 free-to-air TV and radio channels that can be manually added to a Freesat set-top box. You can find their details via an internet search or in What Satellite Magazine’s listings.


Radio Stations Availble on Freesat

 

700

BBC Radio 1

701

BBC Radio 1Xtra

702

BBC Radio 2

703

BBC Radio 3

704

BBC Radio 4 FM

705

BBC Radio 5 Live

706

BBC R 5L Sports Extra

707

BBC 6 Music

708

BBC Radio 4 Extra

709

BBC Asian Network

710

BBC Radio 4 LW

711

BBC World Service

712

BBC Radio Scotland

713

BBC Radio n Gaidheal

714

BBC Radio Wales

715

BBC Radio Cymru

716

BBC Radio Ulster

718

BBC London 94.9

 

(London postcodes)

719

Capital

720

Choice FM

721

Classic FM

722

Gold

723

XFM

724

Absolute Radio

725

Absolute Classic Rock

726

Absolute 80s

728

WRN Europe

729

Jazz FM

730

Planet Rock

731

talkSPORT

732

Smooth Radio

750

RTE Radio 1

751

RTE 2 FM

752

RTE Lyric FM

753

Raidió na Gaeltachta

777

Insight Radio

786

BFBS Radio

790

Trans World Radio


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