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Pay TV vs Free TV

  • Enjoy great TV without subscription from Freeview, Freesat and Freesat from Sky
  • Upgrade to premium pay-TV entertainment from Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk
  • How much each service costs, what you get and the equipment you need

What's in this guide

Pay TV or Free TV?

Expert guide to digital TV options - free TV and pay TV services detailed, including how much they cost, what you get and what you'll need.

Free TV explained

Freeview is a fuss-free way to watch TV without a subscription. Freesat offers more channels, but you'll need a dish installed on your home.

Pay TV explained

Fancy getting top-flight sports and the latest movies? Then a pay TV package from Sky, Virgin Media, BT or TalkTalk could be for you.