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Guide to Freeview

What can you get with Freeview?

With standalone streaming services offering access to more high-quality entertainment, more and more viewers are cutting the cord on large TV packages and opting for streaming subscriptions and Freeview. Here’s a list of what’s available on Freeview TV.

Thanks to video on demand (VOD), viewers can now watch TV on their own schedules, whether it’s catch-up TV, on-demand box sets or streaming subscriptions. As these services offer more access to high-quality, critically-acclaimed programmes and films, a lot of people are finding they don’t watch much live TV any more.

If you’re looking to downgrade your TV subscription but don’t want to completely cut the cord, you have the option of sticking with Freeview TV, which is — as the name suggests — free. You just need an aerial and TV licence to get Freeview.

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Channels included on Freeview

Freeview channels UK

Freeview lets you watch 70 TV channels and 15 HD channels with no monthly cost or contract, including:

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Four
  • BBC Alba
  • ITV
  • ITV 2
  • ITV 3
  • ITV 4
  • ITV Be
  • Channel 4
  • Channel 5
  • Dave
  • 5USA
  • home
  • E4
  • Spike
  • Quest
  • Food Network
  • Travel Channel
  • CBS Action
  • CBS Drama
  • CBS Reality
  • Horror Channel
  • Tru TV

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Series available on Freeview

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Although you won’t have access to Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead with Freeview, you can still watch a mix of popular and prestige TV, including programmes like:

  • Sherlock
  • Great British Bake Off
  • Doctor Who
  • Ripper Street
  • Peaky Blinders
  • The Fall
  • Broadchurch
  • Happy Valley
  • American Crime Story
  • The X Factor
  • Victoria
  • Travel Man
  • Big Brother
  • The Voice
  • GPs: Behind Closed Doors
  • Lip Sync Battle
  • NCIS
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Midsomer Murders
  • Celebrity Big Brother
  • Bones
  • Castle
  • River Monsters
  • Keeping up with the Kardashians
  • Chicago Fire
  • Empire
  • Ninja Warrior
  • Call the Midwife
  • Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives
  • The Real Housewives
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine

Adding channels to Freeview TV

A lot of TV providers offer basic Freeview-only packages, which you can then supplement with monthly add-ons for premium sport and movie channels on rolling monthly contracts so you can sign up for short-term features.

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Another option for downgrading your TV subscription while still accessing some live TV is to sign up for NOW TV’s Entertainment TV pass — which is the only way to watch Sky Atlantic (and, therefore, Game of Thrones) without a Sky subscription.

For less than 10 pounds a month, you can watch 12 pay TV channels:

These channels can either be streamed live, or you can watch programmes from their catch-up and on-demand libraries.

Find out more about what's on NOW TV.

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