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Freesat is a selection of free television channels and radio stations available via satellite. Coverage stands at just over 98% of UK households, making it the ideal choice for people who cannot receive Freeview, but still want to enjoy digital television without a monthly subscription (Freeview coverage currently stands at around 75% of UK homes). What's more, Freesat also offers some channels in High Definition.
Just like Freeview, a wide range of set top boxes and dishes will be available to purchase: from cheaper, SD-only set top boxes to top-spec High Definition PVRs (available later this year) and television sets with Freesat tuners built-in. If you don't already have a satellite dish where you live, you'll be able to arrange for installation where you buy the box for around £80.
The majority of channels available through Freeview will be on Freesat, as well as extra services like more interactive streams on BBCi, all the BBC and ITV regions, more radio stations, and HD services. Have a look at the table below to see which channels are available.
For more information, visit the official Freesat website at freesat.co.uk
|Freeview channels' availabilty on Freesat
By no means a comprehensive list, the table below details the availability of some of the most popular Freeview channels on it's satellite sister service. Channels in green are available on both platforms; those in blue are available through a dish but not Freeview; those struck-out in gold are available via an aerial but not Freesat.
Sky Sports News
Men & Motors
+ radio stations
+ many more...
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