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How to connect Freeview to TV

Updated July 18, 2017

Freeview, a digital TV service available in the UK, allows you to watch more than 40 channels, such as BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, 5 USA and CNN, through your existing TV aerial. This service does not require a satellite dish, subscription or contracts. Using Freeview only requires the one-time purchase of a set-top box which you can install yourself. Freeview boxes are now available in HD for those with HD-ready TVs. You will incur no installation fees and no monthly fees. The Freeview channel lineup is free to any TV equipped with a set-top box.

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  1. Check that you are in a Freeview coverage area and that your rooftop aerial or TV does not need updating to receive a digital signal. Purchase a Freeview box and SCART lead.

  2. Plug your rooftop aerial lead into the RF In socket on the back of the Freeview box.

  3. Connect the Freeview box to the TV with a SCART lead.

  4. Switch on the TV and Freeview box. The Freeview box should automatically scan and install available channels.

  5. Tip

    The government was set to switch off the existing analogue TV service in 2012, requiring everyone to upgrade to digital service.

    If you need to purchase both a new TV and Freeview box, look for TVs with built-in Freeview which require no installation.


    Old aerials may need updating or repairing due to weather conditions, differences in the frequencies of Freeview signals or weaker signals in more remote areas.

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Things You'll Need

  • Digital TV
  • Freeview Box
  • Rooftop Aerial with Lead
  • SCART Lead

About the Author

Christy Mitchinson

An American writer living in the United Kingdom, Christy Mitchinson began writing professionally in 2000, during her career in laboratory science, pathology and research. She has authored training materials, standard operating procedures and patient/clinician information leaflets. Mitchinson is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and creative writing with The Open University.

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