The widespread introduction of satellite TV services into the UK in the 1980s brought about a big change in the way in which many people watched TV. With only five terrestrial channels available, satellite – and to a lesser extent, cable – brought a vast new range of viewing possibilities.
The TV market is now undergoing another shift. Thanks to the move to digital, there are now many more terrestrial channels available via Freeview; in addition, the rollout of fast fibre optic broadband services across the country means that more people have access to reliable streaming services for catch-up and premium content.
One of the reasons people are switching back to using an antenna is to save money. You can watch Freeview channels – including HD – without the need to pay a subscription. You will need to buy a smart TV or Freeview Play box; however, from then on, your viewing is free. The latest boxes offer all the pause, record and other functions you would find on a Sky box, meaning that you will never have to miss your favourite programmes.
You can therefore free yourself from your cable or satellite subscription and not have to worry about price increases; in addition, most people find themselves paying for channels they do not watch. If you want access to the latest movies, services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime offer a low-cost subscription model with pay-as-you-go options for premium content. Even satellite giant Sky is about to start making its services available without the need for a dish.
Getting the right kit
You will need the right type of receiver, either a smart TV or a set-top box, and a good quality antenna. If yours is not up to scratch, a Devizes TV aerial repair service such as http://steveunettaerials.co.uk/services/tv-aerials-repair-installation-devises/ can upgrade it for you. They will also be able to add extra aerial points should you wish to watch TV in different rooms.
You will also need broadband to get access to catch-up and subscription services, which gives you the convenience of accessing all your services in one place. The latest systems make it easy to access content, such as allowing you to scroll back through the programme guide to catch up with programmes you have missed.