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Setting Up Freeview TV
We often receive calls from customers asking us to come and set up Freeview boxes and connect TVs, whilst we are happy to come out and help to get your Freeview working, we find that many people would be able to set up their own Freeview box if they had the instructions to, saving time and money. So we decided to publish our own guide to setting up Freeview TV.
Firstly, What Is Freeview TV?
Freeview is a free-to-view TV service that is received through a digital aerial, it is compatible with built in Freeview TVs, set up boxes and most modern DVD/Freeview recorders. It provides access to around 100 channels, as well as popular local and national radio stations. For most people Freeview is enough, as it gives access to most popular TV stations here in the UK, without paying over the odds in subscription fees for pay to view services.
What Will I Need To Get Freeview?
Before beginning the process of setting up Freeview TV you need to make sure you have all the right components. You will need a Freeview box or built in Freeview TV. TVs built after 2010 now all have built in Freeview, as analogue television is no longer available. So be sure to buy a new TV or box before attempting the setup.
Installing Through A Freeview Box
To install Freeview through a box, you will need the following components that should be included or accessible with your TV.
- A Freeview remote (with fitted batteries)
- A power lead to connect the box to the mains power
- A SCART or HDMI lead, HDMI being used for high definition viewing if your TV allows for this.
Once you have all of these items you can begin the setup.
- Plug the box’s kettle lead into the back of the box, and connect the plug to a mains power socket close to the TV.
- Plug in the HDMI or SCART lead into the socket on the back of the TV and connect it to the corresponding socket on the Freeview box.
- Turn on your TV using the remote.
- Switch on the Freeview box, it should then detect the box automatically. If not use your TV remote and switch to AV or HDMI 1 until the box’s main menu shows.
- Tuning should begin automatically or via a set of on screen instructions to follow. You can then use the remote once tuning has finished to pull up the guide or switch channels.
- You should now be fully setup, from time to time new channels may be available or replaced, and you may have to reduce your Freeview box to update the list. You can do this by pulling up the menu and selecting the option to retune your box.
Installing Freeview From A TV
If Freeview isn’t already tuned in on your new TV you will have to start the process manually. Select menu on your TV remote, choose setup and find an option to update or install Freeview. Select first time installation or factory reset options and if prompted deleted and replace the existing channel list, the tuning should then begin and run automatically and once completed the TV will revert to the default channel 1, from which you can then flick through the channels or pull up the guide to see the channel list.
Still Struggling? We Can Help
If you are still having problems connecting your Freeview, then give us a call. We can offer free friendly advice and arrange for an engineer to visit you and set up the box or TV for you. Please note, this is not a free service and you will be charged a standard callout fee plus the engineers time.
If you need phone guidance and want to try again yourself, we can point you to a freephone helpdesk who can give you more in depth instructions and talk you through the setup process again over the phone.