Freesat now 'fourth-biggest' digital TV providerSales soar for Freesat free satellite TV service

17 September 2009

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Satellite TV in high definition for a one-off fee

Subscription-free digital satellite TV service Freesat from the BBC and ITV has increased its sales by 50% since May - making it bigger than rival service BT Vision, according to the organisation.

With 600,000 customers, Freesat says that it is now the fourth-biggest digital TV provider in the UK, behind rivals Sky, Virgin Media and Freeview.

You can find more information on Freesat in our Which? First Look of Freesat or see how Freesat compares to other digital TV services from companies like BT and Sky in our guide to free TV and pay TV services.

What do you get with Freesat?

Freesat launched in May 2008 as a subscription-free alternative to Freeview. It is available for a one-off cost for Freesat equipment with no further subscription charges.

If you have Freesat, you can able to access around 70 digital TV channels. To watch you'll need a Freesat receiver and a satellite dish.

Freesat also has a couple of HD channel,s but you’ll need an HD Freesat box or PVR and an HD-ready TV to take advantage of the high-definition channels.

For full reviews and Best Buy information on the latest Freesat boxes from as little as £50, check out our Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes review.

You can also see the latest HD-ready TVs rated in our LCD and Plasma TV reviews.

iPlayer comes to Freesat

Freesat is currently working with the BBC to introduce BBC iPlayer on the Freesat TV service in the near future and claims to be the first wholly subscription-free TV platform that will offer the award-winning catch-up TV service. iPlayer allows you to view BBC programmes from the past seven days that you've missed or want to watch again.

If you’d like to know more about iPlayer have a look at the Which? Online TV guide.

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