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How Does Freesat TV Work?

Written by, Adavelli Muninder

Updated September, 7, 2022

Freesat is a popular satellite TV service from ITV and the BBC that offers hundreds of TV channels.

But, how does Freesat TV work, how much does it cost, and what exactly does it have to offer? 

Let’s find out.

What is Freesat?

Freesat is a free satellite TV in the UK that has more than 200 digital TV and radio channels

The best part about it is that it’s free– there’s no monthly subscription like Sky Signature, but you will need a satellite dish and a Freesat box for your TV to make it work. Once you buy them and pay for installation, you won’t have to pay for any Freesat channels.

HD channels on Freesat

Freesat HD offers more than 20 HD channels, including BBC One HD, BBC Two HD, BBC News HD, ITV HD, and Channel 5 HD. 

Worth noting: To get access to Freesat HD stations, you’ll need a TV with a Freesat HD tuner (DVB-S2), a set-top box, or PVP.

How Does Freesat TV Work?

Freesat TV uses a small dish to receive signals from the satellites it works with, which it then converts into a TV format. Therefore, it’s not the same as a TV service like Freeview which you can also install and watch on a Firestick.

Since it works via satellite, it has a few extra channels that you can’t get access to in any other way, such as BET, PBS America, and music TV.

Freesat frequencies

Freesat provides its TV services via two main satellites, Astra 2E and Astra 2F, which are located at 28.2° East and 28.5° East respectively.

Freesat coverage

The TV service has excellent coverage in most parts of the UK. Still, the signal is not as strong in certain rural areas. If you’re looking to install a Freesat box in a place with a weaker signal, you can get a larger satellite dish in order to improve your reception.

How to Get Freesat?

To get Freesat, you’ll need a satellite dish, a Freeset tuner or a box, and an HDMI cable.

  • Old and new satellite dish

If you already have a satellite dish installed, you might be able to use it to watch Freesat TV. If not, you can buy a new Freeset satellite dish that’s compatible with the Freesat transmission and find a local installer to finish your Freesat installation.

Once that’s done, you can connect the dish to your Freesat receiver and hook the receiver to your TV (via an HDMI cable).

  • TV with satellite tuner

Some TVs have built-in satellite tuners and can receive Freesat (and sometimes Freesat HD) channels without a separate set-top box. If you have a TV with a satellite tuner, you can connect your satellite cable directly to your TV.

  • Set-top box

For around £80, you can purchase a Freesat set-top box. You’ll need to connect the device to the satellite signal and then to your TV (with an HDMI cable).

  • Freesat + 

Freesat+ is is what Sky+ is to Sky – it’s Freesat with a PVR. The service costs around £190 and allows users to record programmes and pause live TV. To add it to your existing set, you’ll need to connect your satellite dish to the Freeset PVR and then to your TV.

  • Freesat from Sky

Freesat from Sky is a free satellite TV service from Sky that’s great for existing Sky customers who no longer want to pay for TV. It doesn’t require a subscription and offers over 240 channels.

How To Fix Freesat connection Issues

If you are having trouble connecting to Freesat, there are a few things you can try:

  •  Make sure your satellite dish is pointed in the correct direction and is not blocked by any trees or buildings.
  • Check if your Freesat box is plugged into an outlet and is turned on.
  • Try rebooting your Freesat box by unplugging it from the wall for a few seconds and plugging it back in.
  • If you are using a built-in Freesat TV, make sure the aerial input on your TV is set to “Antenna” or “Aerial 1.”

Advantages and Disadvantages of Freesat TV

The main advantage of Freesat television is that it offers a wide selection of high-quality channels free of charge, apart from installation costs. 

There’s also an option to get a Freesat+ if you want to record programmes and if you connect your Freesat box to the Internet, you can log into your Netflix account or watch videos on YouTube.

On the other hand, the service does not offer many extra features, such as online streaming and it has fewer HD options, compared to its competitors.

Is Freesat Right for You?

Freesat is a great option for anyone looking for an affordable and high-quality satellite TV service. It’s an excellent TV service for those that don’t want to tie themselves to long-term contracts with paid TV services like Brits aged 75 or older since they spend more time watching regular broadcast TV. Also Freesat has an extensive channel library, and offers some additional features at an extra price.

How Much Is Freesat?

Freesat is a free TV service with no monthly subscriptions. 

All Freesat costs are mainly related to the equipment you’ll need to set it up, which range between £50-£220. You’ll also need to pay an extra £190 if you want Freesat+, but all channels and the entire Freesat extra channels list are free of charge.

Bottom Line

Freesat TV is a great alternative to cable with no monthly subscriptions. The satellite TV service offers more than 200 channels and on-demand content on everything from entertainment, news, and movies to sports and radio content– free of charge.


Frequently Asked Questions And Their Answers

What channels are on Freesat?

The main channels available on Freesat are BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Other Freesat box channels include Sky Cinema, National Geographic, Disney Channel, and more.

Do you need a satellite dish for Freesat?

Yes, Freesat is a satellite TV service and you’ll need to install a satellite dish and a Freesat receiver to receive Freesat TV.

Do you need internet for Freesat?

No, you don’t. However, you will need to connect your Freesat box to the internet if you want to watch Netflix, YouTube, or Amazon Prime.

How does Freesat TV work? 

Freesat TV uses a satellite dish to receive signals, which are then sent to the Freesat box on your TV.