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Leicester Freesat Installers

Freesat is actually a collaboration between the BBC and ITV and was initially introduced in 2007 to be a digital satellite television alternative to the popular Freeview. The main advantages of Freesat when compared with terrestrial television and also Freeview is the amount of channels along with the superior quality of the transmission.

Freesat was initially developed to offer a wide variety of channels to the areas of the UK that are not served by Freeview. Even though the Freeview network does indeed cover a substantial perentage of the UK, there are regions that still don’t have coverage. Freesat covers virtually the whole of the Uk.

Even though Freesat involves no subscription charge, there are two prerequisites to get the service. First of all, viewers have to have a satellite TV dish. Quite often, satellite dishes from subscription satellite television companies such as Sky can be used to receive Freesat transmissions. This will work simply because Freesat utilizes exactly the same satellites as the popular subscription satellite television providers. The second requirement is a Freesat decoder box.

Currently, Freesat has five free HD channels, access to BBC iPlayer and ITV Player and over 150 TV and radio channels to choose from and many more yet to be added.

For the full list of channels, take a look here.

Freesat receivers can cost you between £30 to over £300 and you typically do get what you pay for in regards to features and quality.

Ace Aerials are expert Leicester Freesat installers. We stock a wide range of Freesat receivers and can advise you on the best one for your needs. We will not try to sell you something that you don’t need!

If you don’t have a satellite dish you can have one expertly fitted by Ace Aerials and Satellite, Leicester Freesat Installers. To supply and fit the satellite dish will usually will cost about £60.

Freesat Features

HD (High Definition)

A high-definition television transmission is able to offer a clearer and more detailed picture than any SD (standard definition) system, due to the fact that it contains a lot more picture information. All television signals are made up of many tiny dots (pixels) that form the image you see, so by displaying more of these pixels in a high-definition (HD) transmission a better, clearer image can be Displayed.

High definition (HD) transmissions also include much better support for surround sound and windscreen formats which can tremendously improve the overall viewing experience.

On Demand

By connecting your Freesat receiver to your internet connection you can view BBC iPlayer and ITV Player transmissions. This allows you to watch programs from up to 7 days in the past. With Channel 4’s 4oD and Five’s Demand 5 platforms to follow some time this year.

Pause, Rewind, Record

With Freesat+ you can pause the action and pick up where you left off. Rewind and record live TV too, so you never have to miss a thing.
Recording with Freesat+ is easy. And free. Find a program you want to record in the On Screen TV Guide and press the ‘record’ button on your remote control. There’s no need for tapes, timers, or DVDs. If a program is also in HD, Freesat+ will ask if you want to record it in HD or SD. If the program is part of a series, Freesat+ will ask if you want to record every episode in the series. All at the touch of a button.


Freetime is the latest update from Freesat. The Freetime smart TV guide features a central home screen with a large TV picture and mini guide, alongside a menu of options for full TV Guide, On-demand, Showcase, Recordings and Search.

The TV guide supports scrolling forward seven days to set recordings on the PVR, but also allows users to browse backwards up to seven days to check programs they have missed and then, if available, watch them via catch-up services.

There are also various PVR options available, such as setting recordings in high definition or ‘clash management’ for recordings, along with options to record an entire series.

A new Showcase tab has been included which offers six editorial picks for each evening’s viewing, including the most popular expected programs and some “wild cards”.


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