It’s likely that the region that you live in has already been through the digital switchover. If not, then you’ll probably be getting it within the next year. If you aren’t savvy when it comes to TV’s then all of this change can be really confusing and it can be difficult to know where to turn next.
So what are your main options before the big digital switchover affects you?
Freeview is the standard digital option and transmits a television signal through an aerial – much like your analogue signal would have done. However, the quality of picture is a great improvement and the selection of channels is also much better, with around 50 to select rather than the standard five. It also covers the most areas of the country, so it’s likely that wherever you live you will be able to pick up a decent signal. If you are just looking for the standard channels and have no interest in watching lots of sports, movies or any other type of particular interest, and you definitely aren’t interested in paying any subscription fees then Freeview is definitely the choice for you.
Much like Freeview, Freesat offers all of the same main channels, however the signal is delivered through a satellite dish rather than a standard aerial. There are a number of advantages to this – you may have just moved into somewhere where the previous owners have been using satellite TV so it is just easier to carry on using the dish rather than having an aerial installed. It’s also a bit more reliable than Freeview, with greater bandwidth meaning the pictures you receive a less likely to lose quality or dip in and out of signal in the event of bad weather for example. The best thing – once you get a Freesat box you won’t be tied into any monthly contracts!
Paid for Satellite/Cable Subscriptions
The final option is to sign up to a monthly satellite or cable subscriptions with a big operator such as Sky, Virgin or BT. These are great for people who want a huge selection of channels (it’s possible to get around 500 covering all sorts of interests from music to lifestyle to documentaries). You can also opt to pay slightly extra for premium sports and movie channels if you really want to. As a new customer you may also be able to find some good deals for doing this.
When it comes to the difference between satellite and cable people have their own opinions, but much of it comes down to area as to what to opt for. Cable is usually only set up in towns and cities, while satellite covers wider areas. However satellite isn’t quite as reliable as cable as the signal is transmitted through the air, meaning it can be affected by weather and other such conditions, while cable is highly reliable and runs underground to deliver your channels straight to the socket on your wall.
Michael Romero recently decided to get a Freesat box – he didn’t want to pay a subscription yet preferred the signal and reliability offered over satellite.
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