Freesat prepares to launch Free Satellite Services

Freesat, the new Free-to air satellite service, backed by a joint venture between the BBC and ITV, is due to launch in early May 2008.
It will offer the main terrestrial channels as well as the new BBC HD high definition service initially followed later by other HD programming as it becomes available. The service will be receivable across the UK with 98% of homes within the satellites footprint.
Viewers will be able to access services ‘free of charge’ after the purchase of a receiver and satellite dish costing between £130-£200, depending on whether it is an SD only unit or includes HDTV decoding. The price includes installation but a UK TV licence will still be required for legal viewing.
Main source: Informitv
Item added: 29th April 2008