In the UK, there are a number of different television options that are available to you. One of the most popular options is Freeview, which is the digital terrestrial television service in the United Kingdom. However, you may be wondering whether you require aerial satellite installation in order to make the most of this. So, can you get Freeview without an aerial? Continue reading to discover everything that you need to know about Freeview, including what benefits you will get and whether an aerial is needed.

What is Freeview?

Before we tell you more about watching Freeview and the requirements that are in place, let’s explain what Freeview actually is. This is the digital terrestrial television service for the United Kingdom. As the name indicates, you get to benefit from some TV channels free of charge. This includes 15 HD channels and 70 standard channels, so you get a lot when you consider that you don’t have to pay anything for the service. You won’t have to pay a monthly cost and you can enjoy some of the nation’s most popular television shows. 

All you are going to need is a television and an aerial to watch Freeview TV. There will be more on the latter in the next section. There is also the option of Freeview Play, which gives you the ability to connect to the Internet so you can watch shows on-demand from a number of different services, which includes UKTV Play, My5, All 4, ITV Hub, and BBC iPlayer. 

What are the benefits of Freeview?

There are a number of different benefits that are associated with having Freeview in your home. Of course, the only place to begin is with the fact that Freeview is free! When you consider the difficult period that we have all gone through over the past few years, it is not difficult to understand why this is more important now than ever before. A lot of people are looking for ways to cut their monthly bills, and switching to Freeview is one of the best ways that you can go about doing this. 

However, this is not the only benefit that is associated with Freeview. Aside from this, there is a seven-day catch-up and recording available with some set-top boxes. You also have a large number of channels to select from, so you should have no trouble finding the right channels for you. Plus, Freeview is widely available. You should have no trouble having Freeview installed no matter where in the UK you are based. In fact, 98.5 percent of the population is able to access Freeview. 

Can you get Freeview TV without an aerial?

You will need to have an aerial for you to start receiving Freeview live on your television. However, there are some specific channels that you can watch on Internet-connected devices without having an aerial. Nevertheless, in order to benefit from the full Freeview experience, you will definitely need to have an aerial installed. 

Should you already have an aerial, you will need to ensure that the cables are connected to an aerial point in your property and they need to be undamaged as well. It certainly makes sense to get a professional company on the job for you. You will need to securely plug the aerial into the socket at the back of your Freeview recorder or television. 

Aside from this, you need to make sure that the aerial is in the correct position and that the weather has not caused any damage to it. We would recommend that you head outside so you can be sure that the aerial is pointing in the same directions as other aerials nearby. Again, this is something that an experienced aerial installation company will be able to assist with. They will be able to make sure that everything is set up properly so that you can enjoy the best possible television. 

What type of aerial do you require for Freeview television?

There are two different types of aerials. Firstly, you have wideband aerials. Secondly, you have grouped aerials. A wideband aerial is usually the best choice when it comes to Freeview television. These aerials are beneficial because they cover a full range of signals that are used for transmitting digital television. Even if there are changes to your TV signals, these aerials will keep working. 

It is also worth pointing out that the majority of aerials are going to need to be replaced within one decade. However, this can change depending on where you live. Your expert TV aerial installer can provide you with advice that is specific to where you are based. If you are in a location that has good reception, portable indoor aerials or loft aerials may be used. However, it is not unusual for them to be subject to electrical interference from other appliances in your home. 

Contact Sterling Satellite TV to ensure the best TV viewing for your home

If you are interested in aerial satellite installation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team here at Sterling Satellite for more information. We have many years of experience in the industry and we have carried out many installations across the UK, so you can be confident that you will be in safe hands when using our service. 

Based in Northamptonshire, Sterling Satellite Installations has an excellent track record when it comes to impeccable workmanship, value for money, and reliability. Plus, as we are connected with Sterling Scaffolding, you can have complete peace of mind when it comes to working at a height.

If you are ready to make the most of our aerial satellite installation services or you have any sort of queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today for more details. You can reach us on 01604 857 557. Alternatively, simply send an email to and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.