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Freeview TV Aerial

What is Freeview?

Buying a Freeview box allows you to access a wide range of digital TV channels and radio stations without having to pay a monthly subscription fee.  If you want quality programming and you’re on a budget, arranging for Mays Aerials to install your new Freeview box could be the answer for you.  Like Freesat, Freeview was brought on to the market to bring a digital TV content option for a one-off payment to UK audiences.

The Freeview service is managed by a company called DTV Services Ltd, which in turn is jointly owned by the BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4 and Arqiva.  It was launched in 2002, with the aim of providing free-to-air channels and content via an aerial signal.


Most people in the UK can access Freeview but its website has a handy postcode checker so you can make sure that you are covered before you go ahead.  We can also provide an advisory service on reception to our customers so that you can buy with confidence.  We provide excellent coverage throughout Hampshire, Surrey, West Susses and East Sussex.

The hardest part for you in the whole process is to choose which Freeview box you want!  After that, it’s plain sailing as we check if you have the right aerial signal and provide the full installation service and guidance on how to use your new box.  Even though it’s an easy service to manage, we’ll make sure that you understand all of the features, can find your way through the TV guide and know how to get the most from your Freeview box.

What can I watch on Freeview?

Freeview offers the five main channels – BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 - and another 45 TV channels and 24 radio stations within its package.  You can pick from BBC Three, BBC Four, ITV3, ITV4, Dave, More4, Really, 5USA, E4 and much more.  There’s always something to keep you entertained.  E4 has created award winning shows such as Misfits while Dave has revived Red Dwarf and bought in new American dramas such as Suits.

When it comes to entertainment, it’s not always the case that the big channels will pick up new dramas or comedies made here in the UK or in the USA.  An increasing number of channels, which may have been regarded as always showing repeats in the past, are showing high quality content and UK premiers of shows.

For the kids, there are CBBC, CBeebies and CITV to choose from, while you can get all of the news you need from BBC News, BBC Parliament and Sky News.  You can get music from Viva and 4Music or try a little shopping from the likes of QVC and Ideal World.  And, if you’re a movie lover, you can enjoy a wide selection of films across many of the channels on offer.

Freeview also announces new channels to its stable on a regular basis.  It’s always worthwhile checking their website now and again or updating your content through the easy retune facility.

There’s a little of something for everyone.  With an easy to use TV listings service, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Freeview boxes available

Each type of box and manufacturer offers something slightly different so it’s important that you understand what you’re getting and the price you’re paying for each particular model.  If you’re in any doubt, our professional and knowledgeable customer support team can discuss all the options with you and find the perfect box for your viewing preferences.

Freeview is the basic model that offers you access to those TV channels and radio stations mentioned above.

Freeview HD provides 4 channels in HD – BBC One HD, ITV1 HD, 4 HD and BBC HD.  BBC HD shows a wide mix of the corporation’s output – some of which you may have previously missed or never seen before in HD – from the early afternoon until 1.00 am.

Most of the UK can now access HD services, following the digital switchover.  Do be aware that you will need an HD television as well as a Freeview HD box to view those extra channels.  In the past, HD televisions were on the expensive side but you can now choose from a wide range of makes, sizes and prices to suit your needs and budget.  Because HD has five times the picture quality, the clarity on those David Attenborough nature programmes will take your breath away.

Freeview+ has a recordable hard drive so you play your favourite programmes whenever you like.  You can record one channel while watching another and pause live TV so that you don’t miss that big drama reveal in the latest EastEnders episode because someone has rung your doorbell!

Freeview+ HD is the top of the range – but still affordable – box, giving you the HD and recording options that you will need if you really love a good night in front of the TV.

If you have a Freeview HD TV, a Freeview+ HD recorder and a home broadband connection, you can also access Smart TV, which is an on demand and catch up service.  You can watch any shows you missed on the BBC iPlayer and videos and channels on YouTube and you can even log on to Facebook through your TV screen.  Some of the products within the range also allow you to use the likes of LoveFilm on a pay per view basis.

It’s important to review all of the many Freeview boxes on offer and choose what’s right for you.  You may need to know that, while all of the boxes have subtitling, not all of them carry audio subscription services while others offer a text to speech facility.

If all of these choices seem a little daunting, think about what you’d like to see but can’t already access.  If you work different shifts and don’t know if you’ll be back on time for your favourite show or movie, you’ll find the hard drive recorder useful.  However, if you like to watch programmes where picture quality is important – such as science fiction or travel programmes – you’ll really appreciate the difference that HD can make to your viewing pleasure.

We have a wide range of Freeview boxes and recorders in stock, including the brand names of Goodmans, Sagemcom, Technika, Echostar, Sharp and Humax.  We can talk you through the brands and help you to decide which product will tick all the right boxes for you.   Alternatively, you can request a quote using our online contact form and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.

What to expect from Mays Aerials

If you’re not great with technology, don’t let that put you off transforming your TV viewing experience.  As a professional and friendly company, we can install your new box and ensure that you’re getting perfect reception with no fuss or hassle.  And you can also feel reassured by our equipment and service guarantees.  We will deliver what we promise because we never want a situation where a customer feels let down or disappointed in any way.

We are experts in aerial installation and can advise on the type of aerial that you need to get the perfect signal.  We can supply the right aerial for your home, including products that are designed to boost medium or poor reception problems, and you can be sure that whatever type you opt for meets the CAI Aerial Benchmark Standard.

Aerial installation can be tricky but our experience turns it into a simple process.  Even if your aerial is at a substantial height, we can arrange for one of our specialist engineers to assess your roof and erect scaffolding if need be.  Of course, we’ll undertake this work at a date and time that’s convenient to you.

We’ll visit your home and efficiently connect your Freeview box and aerial.  If you have any questions about the digital switchover or Freeview in general, feel free to ask.  All of our engineers are fully trained and experienced in our high standard installation services and will take the time to give you a full demonstration of your new box.  By the time they’re finished, you’ll be an expert!

You can expect nothing less than the following standards from us:

•    Informed guidance on our available Freeview products and recommendations on the ideal model for you
•    An orderly and efficient connection service, with no lengthy cables left in full view
•    A quality reception check on all of the channels on your Freeview box
•    A friendly talk through all of the features, with a promise that no jargon will be used
•    30 years of experience brought into everything we do
•    1 year guarantee on all parts and labour, with a promise to resolve any issues quickly and effectively.

We’re particularly proud of our guarantee.  We know that it gives many of our customers peace of mind and the confidence to buy from us.

If you and your family are always arguing over which programmes to watch, ask us for advice on installing more than one Freeview box in your home.  We’ll provide expert guidance on your options and can offer you a great deal on our installation services.

While we work in technology, we believe in the old fashioned values of honesty, quality and reliability when it comes to how we treat our customers.  We’re an ethical company that is completely dedicated to providing a first rate customer service experience.  There’s nothing we love more than leaving our customers with a big smile on their faces.

Why we’re different from the rest

We think we stand out from the crowd because of how we run our business.

Our customers come first.
Why else would we be able to compete so well in the Freeview installations market?  We constantly instil our service expectations in our engineers and take the time to ensure that our customer satisfaction levels remain high.  We have an excellent customer satisfaction score on the Checkatrade website and we’re proud of the reviews that compliment us on our fast and efficient service.

We have the best staff.
All of our employees, whether they are support staff or Freeview installers, are well trained, motivated and enthusiastic about delivering a great customer experience.  Furthermore, because our engineers will be going into customers’ homes, we vet them thoroughly through criminal convictions and reference checks.

We are quick but not rushed.
When you have decided which Freeview box is for you, we’ll agree an appointment time with you to install your product.  If you want your installation done the same or the next day, we’ll arrange it.  But, when we’re at your house, we won’t rush you through the demonstration.  You’ll feel that you have received a quality and professional service.

We’ve loads of experience.
We’re an established installation company with decades of expertise behind us.  We can’t offer a quality service without that level of technical ability and know-how.  Our fitters always carry the right equipment and tools and understand what it takes to deliver the right installation for you.

These are some of the many areas that we cover:

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

We’re proud of the fact that a lot of our customers are happy to recommend our services to others.  We’re known as a company that delivers what it promises and provides a professional, fuss free installation that gives you the TV viewing experience that you want.

We offer an affordable, quality assured, value for money installation service that we don’t think can be beaten.  If you need to upgrade your TV viewing experience, give us a call and we’ll do the rest.