freeviewlogoThis option is available to everyone through their normal TV aerial at no extra charge for reception but a basic digital top box is required to relay the digital signal to the television set, costing on average £25 or £80 with recording facilities. This option provides at least 40 digital channels at present and over 20 digital radio channels.  After the switchover at least 4 of these will be available as High Definition (HDTV) from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5. In order to receive HDTV an upgrade to a HD top box connected to a HD ready television will be required.