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Do I need internet to watch Freeview?

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Last updated: 28 April 2022

Before the rise of streaming and playback services, Freeview was one of the main ways you could watch television. Launched in 2002, it superseded the analogue terrestrial package, offering 70 free-to-watch channels. Freeview is still going strong today, but seeing the internet has seemed to have integrated itself into pretty much everything we do, do you need a broadband connection to watch Freeview?

Not necessarily. If you want to take advantage of it today, you have two options, one requiring internet, and one without:

  1. Aerial

The traditional way to enjoy Freeview is via an aerial. This means that as long as your television is connected to the aerial cable, you can watch their channels without access to the internet. Not all channels are available everywhere, however, and you can use the Freeview channel checker to find out more.

  1. Freeview Play

Your other option is the Freeview Play app. It offers traditional live TV to watch online, while bundling the channels with on-demand services, meaning you can access all their shows in one place. Naturally, this does require an internet connection, with the Freeview website stating you need a minimum internet speed of 2Mbps.


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Michael Quinn

Author: Michael Quinn

Michael is a dedicated author helping usave to write guides, blogs and news for the last four years. When not writing articles, you can usually find him at wine tasting events or having a political debate on the night tube.

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