Anyone thinking of switching from Freeview to satellite TV will want to know what options are on offer. Actually, there are numerous options and some of them mean that you will have to pay a monthly subscription to watch channels and shows, while other options are subscription-free. With the latter you simply pay for the equipment and installation and that’s all you have to pay. So what are the options for satellite setup, here are three great ones to consider.
Freesat – No monthly fee – Access hundreds of channels
Freesat is a very popular option in the UK as once you have bought the equipment ie the satellite dish and decoder; there is nothing more to pay each month. Freesat will normally provide residents with more than 200 TV and radio channels, meaning there is a wide range of programming on offer at no monthly charge.
Freesat offers a lot just for the initial payment. For example, you can watch TV whenever you want with On Demand. You can pause live TV, record up to 500 hours of TV shows, and even rewind if you missed something. You can even rewind TV to the last seven days. The system also comes with Freetime, a smart TV guide that puts you in full control so you can manage what you want to watch in your spare time.
Sky Digital – Monthly Subscription TV Packages
Sky Digital comes with a monthly subscription that you choose and there are different TV package packages to choose from. The different channel packages are based on price; the lowest package offers more than 35 entertainment channels and the superior package offers more than 75 entertainment channels, and each of the packages includes 11 free and 240 free HD channels.
With Sky Digital Satellite TV if you choose the Sky+ decoder you can pause, rewind and record shows so you never miss your favorite shows. There’s even a feature that lets you record your favorite TV series at the touch of a button. Sky TV is smart as it will also give you suggestions on programs you might enjoy based on what you usually record and what’s on your schedule. Sky also comes with Catch up TV which offers access to over 60 channels and there is the option to add Sky Movies or Sports for an additional fee each month.
European Satellite TV: French Movies, Silly Comedy From Spain & More
European satellite television is common among UK residents whose first language is not English. This is due to the fact that with a European satellite system you can access a wide range of free channels from different European countries. For example, you can pick up channels from three different satellites.
For example, Astra 1 offers a wide range of channels from Germany, including many sports channels, and you don’t have to pay a monthly subscription. You can also tune in to channels from France and Spain when your dish receiver is pointed at this satellite. If you point your satellite dish at the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite, you will be able to get channels from France, Poland, Arabia, Thailand and Russia, along with many more. Finally, there is the Atlantic Bird satellite and this offers many channels from France that you cannot get with the Astra 1 satellite.
These are just 3 of the great options available for satellite TV in the UK and they all offer great options for TV viewing, different lifestyles and different budgets.