For a long time, UK TV offered limited channel choice, only having five main channels up until the nineties. With the digital revolution, there was an explosion in the channels available to watch and we can now download, record and watch streamed content, alongside scheduled programming.
However, all this entertainment comes at a cost, either a monthly fee from you or from advertising revenue. So what are the most cost-effective ways to keep viewing?
With this service, you literally view for free. No costs other than the initial setup.
You can purchase standalone Freeview boxes, but most modern TVs will come with a Freeview receiver installed. Newer TVs are available with Freeview Play which allows you to access catch-up services to view programmes you have missed first time around. You can even buy recorders to allow digital recording of Freeview.
Freeview is a great choice for those on a tight budget or those who don’t wish to commit to a monthly fee. However, although it boasts over 70 channels, some of these, like shopping channels, may not be used much. You also need to have an aerial to access Freeview, and as the BBC points out, to get a clear signal, it must be correctly installed – http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/television/freeview/installation.
Viewers may need to use a professional fitter to ensure they get good service, for example, Steve Unett Aerials who provide Tewkesbury TV aerial installation and in other locations in the area, as well as repairs, as per their website http://steveunettaerials.co.uk/services/satellite-repair-installation-gloucester/.
Want more content?
Sky, Virgin and some of the ISP companies offer a range of extra channels and content above and beyond a basic Freeview line-up, so it’s worth shopping around to find the package that best suits your viewing needs and your budget. You will usually find these companies require you to sign up to a minimum length contract, often a year or more.
For more of a pay as you go service, you could look at the various streaming content providers, for example, Netflix or Amazon Prime where you pay a monthly fee with no contract for various streaming content.
NowTV is somewhere between the two types, available with a Freeview installed box or without a contract, you can pay for monthly passes to access various channels and content, mostly from Sky TV.