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How to install a Freeview box

Updated April 17, 2017

A Freeview digital set top box is a way of receiving free digital TV channels -- up to 50 at time of publication -- and radio stations. The boxes are widely available through a range of high street outlets, as well as online and vary in price depending on their features. Attaching a Freeview box to your television set is a relatively straightforward process, but note that you may need to purchase a SCART cable if one is not included with the box.

Pull your television set away from the wall. Unplug it and any related equipment.

Look for the aerial lead currently delivering the picture signal. This will probably be plugged into your television set. Unplug it, and then plug it into the appropriate socket on the back of your Freeview box. You should have no problem identifying this socket, as it will be distinctively round.

Connect the television set to the Freeview box with a SCART cable. Attach one end of the cable to the socket marked AV1 on your Freeview box and the other end to any available SCART socket – again, distinctively shaped – on the rear of your television set.

Plug in the television set and your Freeview box. You should see a red standby light on the front of your box, telling you that it is receiving power.

Switch on your television set, then your Freeview box, using the remote control included. The red standby light will turn green. Your television should recognize the presence of the Freeview box and automatically lead you to the setup menu. The details of this will differ with each Freeview box, but a series of on-screen prompts will take you through the process of “tuning in” your box so that you will have all of the currently available TV channels and radio stations. It will take a few minutes to complete the scanning process. Once that is done, the box is installed and ready to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Freeview box
  • SCART cable
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Based in the United Kingdom, Graham Rix has been writing on the arts, antiquing and other enthusiasms since 1987. He has been published in “The Observer” and “Cosmopolitan.” Rix holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Magdalen College, Oxford.