Freeview Radio

Posted on December 1, 2011 by admin

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Freeview, the UK’s Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) service, launched in 2002, is a popular way to pick-up UK digital radio and television.

First published in the Radio Listener's Guide 2012 edition

 

Freeview carries a range of free television and radio channels. In addition to the free channels you’ll also find pay or subscription channels on Top Up TV. All radio channels are free.

 

Freeview audio quality

BBC radio stations are carried in the same high quality as found on Sky. For example BBC Radio 1 is at 192 kbps compared to 128 kbps on DAB.

 

What equipment do you need?

Nowadays nearly all television sets come with a built-in Freeview receiver. However, if you have an older style TV set you do not necessarily need to change it to pick up Freeview. Instead you can purchase a set-top box or adapter. The set-top box enables your existing TV set to receive digital signals. Set-top boxes have different features and connections - so work out what you need in terms of connections, such as Scart sockets, before you buy. Prices range from between £25-£100.

You might also need a new TV aerial which, with installation, could cost £110-£140 - although it is very likely that your existing aerial will work with Freeview.

 

How to find out if you have coverage

Around 90% of households are currently covered, this will increase next year as the final regions switchover to digital.

If you are not sure whether you have coverage check with BBC Reception advice, your local TV retailer, or if you have internet access, log-on to Freeview’s website - www.freeview.co.uk to perform a postcode check to see if you are covered. We have listed all the transmitters in the TV Viewer’s Guide, but do not have room to do so here.

 

What does Freeview cost?

There are no subscription charges. The only costs are the set-top box, and the cost of a new aerial - if needed.

 

Recording radio on Freeview

Like Sky, Freeview can be used to record radio. The best way is by using a Freeview PVR, a set-top box with a built-in hard disk drive. It’s worth checking that your chosen model will record radio, as we have had reports that a few models do not.

 

Freeview - Advantages

Once you have paid for the equipment there are no monthly charges. Buy a box with a hard disk and you will have an excellent radio (and TV) recording system.

 

Freeview - Disadvantages

Coverage is not as extensive as that of Sky. A few areas will never receive Freeview signals, and some will have limited coverage, even after digital switchover, and may not receive a full range of channels.

The programme range is not as good as that of Sky with some key radio stations, such as Classic FM, not carried on Freeview.

 

Radio Stations Available on Freeview

700

 

BBC Radio 1

701

 

BBC 1 Xtra

702

 

BBC Radio 2

703

 

BBC Radio 3

704

 

BBC Radio 4

705

 

BBC Radio 5 Live

706

 

BBC Radio 5L Sports Extra

707

 

BBC Radio 6

708

 

BBC Radio 4 Extra

709

 

BBC Radio Asian Network

710

 

BBC World Service

711

 

The Hits Radio

712

 

Smash Hits!

713

 

Kiss 

714

 

Heat

715

 

Magic 

716

 

718

 

Smooth Radio

719

 

BBC R Scot, Wales, Ulster

720

 

BBC R n G, Cymru, Foyle

722

 

Kerrang!

723

 

talkSPORT

724

 

Capital FM

725

 

Premier Christian Radio

726

 

U105 ( N. Ireland only)

727

 

Absolute Radio

728

 

Heart FM

 


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