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What is Freesat?

If you want a great range of TV channels without the hefty monthly subscription charge, Freesat could be the solution for you.  Launched in 2008 and jointly owned by the BBC and ITV, Freesat provides a satellite digital TV service for a one-off payment.  Both Freesat and Freeview digital platforms – as the names suggest - are free to view once you have the right equipment installed in your home and they offer a low cost route to a huge choice of content.   Mays Aerials is an approved Freesat installer so you can be sure of a reliable service from us.


In choosing Freesat, you get access to over 150 TV and radio channels of varied and entertaining programming.  With options to add HD channels, a pause, rewind and record facility and on demand from the BBC and ITV, you can tailor your box to get exactly what you want.


Freesat uses interactive software in its digital boxes so that it can provide a seven day listings TV guide, digital subtitles, audio description and extra video streams.  In terms of coverage, the Freesat service is available in 98% of UK homes.  Very few households can’t get Freesat and this is usually because they don’t have ‘line of sight’ with the satellite or their building is listed and is not allowed to have a mounted dish.


It’s easy to get started.  Mays Aerials can do the whole installation service – box and satellite dish – for you, leaving you with nothing to do but relax and start viewing.  You don’t need a subscription card or to activate anything by phone or online.


When the installation is complete, your full Freesat service is ready to go right away.  And it’s an easy service to use – most functions, such as play and record are on one touch buttons.  If you can use a TV remote control, you can definitely operate your new Freesat service.

Why choose Freesat?

When your Freesat box has been installed, you’ll have a multitude of programmes and viewing options from which to choose.


Of course, you have the main entertainment channels – BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – but you get so much more.  You can pick from BBC Three, BBC Four, ITV3, ITV4, E4, More4, 5USA, the CBS range, the Horror Channel, Sony and others, including some +1 options – handy if you get back later than planned!


Need to keep the children entertained?  They can view programmes from CBBC, CBeebies, CITV and more.  And if you want to keep up-to-date with current affairs around the world, choose from the likes of BBC News, BBC Parliament, CNN and Euronews.


Settling in front of a movie is pretty easy as well.  Freesat offers Film4, True Movies 1 and 2, Men & Movies and more.  Or you can opt for something from the lifestyle, music, special interest and shopping sections.


If you feel you’re missing out on great American shows like The Big Bang Theory (E4) or interesting documentaries such as Dinosaurs, Myths And Monsters (BBC Four), bring digital TV into your home.  The Freesat service makes TV viewing more flexible and convenient.  Depending upon the box that you choose, you can watch programmes on a catch up basis, pause a show until you’ve put the kids to bed or record content and play it back at your leisure.  Basically, you can control the TV schedule rather than it dictating to you when you have to sit down and watch.


Don’t be concerned that you’ll find it difficult to find the channel you want among the rest.  All of the Freesat channels are sorted into categories so that you can get to your favourites easily.  You can also access a lot of BBC red button services via Freesat, including the National Lottery results and news on current affairs, sports and entertainment.

Which box is right for me?

Before we can install your service, you’ll need to pick from the range of Freesat digital boxes.  There are quite a few to choose from but, with a little know-how, you’ll find it easy to pick one that’s right for your viewing needs.


Freesat HD gives you access to almost 500 hours of added programmes each week through On Demand for the BBC and ITV channels and also offers 5 HD channels – BBC One HD, ITV1 HD, 4 HD, BBC HD and NHK World HD.  Be aware, though, that the ITV Player is currently only available through Freesat in England, Wales and part of the Borders region of Scotland.


To be able to view your HD channels, you will already need to have one of the wide range of televisions that support the HD format.  If you don’t have an HD TV, you could check online or visit your local electronics retailer.  Many well known manufacturers, such as Panasonic, Samsung, Grundig, Goodmans and JVC, offer a wide range of HD televisions to suit all budgets.  The nation’s favourite shows, such as Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and Strictly Coming Dancing look amazing in HD!


Freesat+ gives you access to On Demand for BBC and ITV, 5 HD channels and an easy to use recording facility so you can watch programmes whenever you like.  You can also pause and rewind live TV so it’s ideal if you’re interrupted but don’t want to miss your favourite show.  (On Demand for Channels 4 and 5 should come on line soon, and possibly before the end of 2012.)


The recording feature varies between manufacturer brands but you can generally expect your Freesat box to tell you about recording clashes and suggest an alternative recording date and time.  It will also allow you to record an entire series with one push of a button and will organise your recorded programmes into folders.


The new Humax Freesat+ with Freetime covers everything that the Freesat+ box has but also lets you catch up on shows that you missed by scrolling through the previous week’s TV guide.  It has a capacious 500GB recorder hard drive and a new format TV guide that makes it even easier to find your favourite shows.  Because of its twin tuners, the box can let you record two channels while you watch another – ideal for all you real TV aficionados.  And your recorded programmes will stay there until you choose to delete them.


Freesat is heavily promoting its new Freetime service in a bid to compete more with the smart boxes offered by Sky and Virgin Media on monthly subscription.  It offers an easy interface between you and the programmes that you want to watch.  As well as being able to search through the previous week’s schedule, you can also view Freesat’s Showcase facility, which highlights its selection of the best programmes currently airing.


Obviously, you have to pay a higher price for the boxes with more features.  Which box is right for you will depend upon how much TV you watch, which kinds of programmes you watch and when you spend the most time watching TV.


If you’re not sure which box to go for, our friendly and helpful customer service staff can inform you of the most up-to-date home entertainment services.  We’ll talk you through each product before we visit your home and install the one you’ve chosen.  We are able to offer a range of high quality Freesat digital boxes, including Samsung, Humax, Manhattan, Sagemcom and Echostar.


What Mays Aerials can offer

If the prospect of installing Freesat in your home sounds complicated, be reassured.  With our experience and expertise, we can explain what type of installation service you need.  We’ll then quickly and efficiently install your satellite dish and Freesat box for a really great price.  We can visit your home to provide information and free quotes and we guarantee that there are no hidden catches or extras.  Our promise to you is that the service that you pay for is exactly the service that you’ll receive and expect.


We’ll install your box in a suitable and discreet place and make sure that your new satellite dish is in the perfect position to give you crystal clear reception.  In short, we won’t leave until you are happy with everything.  For us, it’s a must that you receive sharp picture and sound on each and every channel so we’ll take the time to check them all.  We’ll also make sure that you are receiving the full range of available channels and services from your box.


Before we leave, we’ll clear up any excess packaging and take away anything that you don’t want left behind.  We want to leave your house in exactly the same condition as we found it!


Here’s what our service includes:


  • Freesat HD/HDR digital satellite receiver
  • Satellite mini dish with secure steel supports, placed in the optimal position for the best reception
  • All cables needed to connect everything up (if you need an extension cable, we’ll provide one at no extra charge)
  • Parts and equipment that fully comply with CAI standards – we never use cheap or sub-standard goods
  • A full demonstration on how to get the most from your Freesat box
  • 1 year guarantee on all parts.


If you already own an old Sky satellite dish, that’s no problem.  We’ll install the Freesat box and check that your dish is working properly.  That means checking that it’s correctly aligned, has the right feeds to make it function fully and gives you a clear reception.  If you need two of more Freesat boxes to be installed in different rooms, we’re confident that we can provide a quick and convenient service.


Our watchwords are customer satisfaction and attention to detail.  We’ll go the extra mile to make sure that you understand everything about your new Freesat service and will enjoy all the options and great programming that it has to offer.


If you forgot to ask about something or aren’t sure how to use a particular function after our visit, you can call our knowledgeable customer service team.  They’ll be happy to answer your questions and talk through the process you’re unsure of until you know what to do.


These are just some of the areas that we cover:


  • Chichester
  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • Worthing
  • Southampton
  • Sussex
  • Hampshire
  • Surrey
  • London
  • Guildford
  • Portsmouth
  • Basingstoke
  • Winchester
  • Crawley
  • Horsham.


Why our engineers are the best

We have only one rule: all of our customers must receive a first class service.


To achieve this, we use highly qualified and experienced staff to provide our installation services.  They are fully trained in delivering an excellent customer service experience so you can expect your Mays Aerial engineer to be friendly, polite and professional at all times.


We employ skilled local people in the Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex and East Sussex areas to allow us to respond quickly to your needs.  Our engineers can very often visit your home on the same day of your enquiry, and certainly within 24 hours.  Of course, you can make an appointment for a particular date that suits you and, because we know that your time is valuable, we’ll definitely turn up when we say we will.


We select our engineers very carefully and vet them fully because we know that we need to provide a reliable, trustworthy and honest service.  We ask all of our engineers to carry their Mays Aerials ID with them and to show them when they arrive on your doorstep.  For further peace of mind, we’re quite happy to confirm the identity of our engineer if you want to call us before letting anyone in your home.


Our company has grown because our customers recommend us to others.  Because of this, you can be sure of a quality product and installation service that will delight you.  In the unlikely event that something does go wrong, we’ll do our utmost to resolve the problem so that you are entirely satisfied.


We don’t think you’ll find another Freesat installation service in your area that offers such competitive prices, thorough services and exceptional value for money.  If you love the idea of widening your choice of TV and radio content, join the digital age and call us to arrange your Freesat installation.

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