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How to Get Freeview on a Smart TV Without an Aerial

With the emergence of smart TV technology, people now have access to a variety of streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. But what if you want to access free-to-air channels without an aerial? In the following blog, we will look at ways that you can access Freeview channels without needing to install an aerial.

What is Freeview?

Freeview is a digital terrestrial television platform that provides free-to-air television channels and radio stations to viewers in the United Kingdom.


What channels are on Freeview?

Freeview provides access to over 70 standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD channels) including popular channels like BBC One, BBC Two, BBC News, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, and more. The channels available on Freeview vary depending on your location and good signal quality.


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Alt text: Person using remote to access Freeview

Can you get normal channels on a smart TV?

Freeview is a service that provides live TV and in order to receive live Freeview channels, you will need an aerial to pick up the live digital TV signal. If you are wanting to watch Freeview live then you would need an aerial however, there are a few options such as using on-demand TV services to be able to watch Freeview channels at a later date.


How do I get Freeview on my smart TV with Wi-Fi?

If you want to access Freeview on your smart TV without an aerial connection, the best way to do so is by using a stable internet connection (Wi-Fi). There are a few different ways you can get Freeview on your Smart TV with Wi-Fi, including:

  1. Internet TV: The majority of modern TVs now come with built-in internet connectivity, allowing you to stream content from services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and BBC iPlayer. You may need to pay for a subscription to access some of these services. You can watch live and on-demand services from the following apps... BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play and STV.

  2. Streaming devices: You can use additional streaming services through devices such as Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV to access Freeview channels. These devices connect to your internet connection and allow you to stream from various sources, including Freeview.

  3. Mobile devices: If you have a mobile phone with a Freeview app, you may be able to stream Freeview channels to your smart TV using a screen mirroring feature.

  4. Cable TV: If you have access to cable TV in your area, you could consider subscribing to a cable TV service that offers Freeview TV channels on monthly subscription channels.


What is Freeview Play?

In addition to using an aerial to watch Freeview, some smart TVs are compatible with using the Freeview Play Application through an internet service. When selecting your next TV for Freeview, it may be a good idea to research 'Freeview-ready TVs' beforehand. You can watch some programmes through this, however, not all TV programmes will be available without an aerial. You can also use this app on phones, tablets or computers. 


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Alt text: Person using tablet to access apps

Watching Freeview without an aerial is possible, but it requires an internet connection and a compatible device. If you want to receive Freeview channels on your smart TV, an aerial is the best option for a better viewing experience and to be able to view your favourite content.

To watch Freeview on your compatible device, take a look at our step-by-step guide below:

  1. Check that you have a reliable connection to the internet.

  2. For online streaming Freeview, first ensure that your device is compatible with the Freeview Play app. Most smart TVs do have Freeview built in.

  3. You can download the app through the app store. Then sign in or create an account.

  4. Once you've selected your channels, you can start streaming them live or on-demand. Simply select the channel you want to watch from your favorites list and click the play button.

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