Freeview or Freesat Installation – What are the costs?
Whilst the television services are free to access, you will require the use of either a satellite dish or roof antenna to receive the signal. Satellite dishes are typically less expensive to install than a TV aerial, but do require accessories to access the signal, such as a set-top box, which increases the overall cost of a dish.
A Freeview TV aerial installation will cost approximately £140, whilst a Freesat satellite installation will cost approximately £80 (not including the required accessories, such as a set-top box).
Freesat or Freeview – Which is better?
If you have an older television, you will require a set-top box to access either of these services. However, many newer TV’s have Freeview tuners built in, but the case is not the case for Freesat. Also, Freeview set top boxes are significantly cheaper, starting from around £20, compared with Freesat set top boxes that often more than £100.
In terms of coverage, Freesat wins hands down. As it is beamed from a satellite, you should be able to receive the signal anywhere in the UK. However, 15% of homes only receive limited access to Freeview channels and the signal does not cover all of the UK.
In terms of channels, Freesat is once again the winner, offering consumers more than 200 channels. Whilst Freeview is adding additional channels, they only offer around 70 channels.
Alternatives to Freeview & Freesat
There are two additional services that may suit your needs:
Youview: Whilst it is associated with the pay TV services offered by BT, TalkTalk and Plusnet, there is a perception that Youview costs more. Youview boxes can be purchased from many high street retailers, and offer a range of channels and catch up services. You can also add the premium services, if you want, but you don’t need to pay any monthly subscription to access the standard channels.
Freesat from Sky: Many consumers assume that you receive the same channels with normal Freesat as you do with Freesat from Sky, however there are a few additional channels with the latter. The service cost £175 for the installation and a basic Freesat box, and features a total of 240 free-to-air channels, with no monthly or ongoing subscription. You can however quickly and easily upgrade to Sky’s premium channels and services.