For those of you looking to avoid costly subscription boxes, a relatively new entertainment service calledFreesat could be the answer. Launched in 2011, the service now includes over 140 TV and radio channels, but with no monthly charge. It is similar to Freeview, but with more channels on offer, as well as many other benefits.
One of the upsides of installing Freesat above other TV entertainment services is that it boasts free HD viewing, as well as the opportunity to ‘switch to digital’ or top up your channels at the click of a button if you decide you need more entertainment at your fingertips.It also includes some On Demand services, such as BBC iPlayer when connected to the internet.
All that’s required is the installation of a Freesat satellite system, which is provided at a one off cost. It’s best to find a company who can both supply and install your system in the same visit, as well as providing a parts and labour guarantee for the first year after purchase – just in case you encounter any problems.
So, if you’ve decided that Freesat is the choice for you, you’ll need to find a professional installation team to get the job done for you. Your best option is to look out for a company who will supply all the equipment you need, as well as get the job done on the same day that you make the enquiry.
This may sound ambitious, but there are companies out there who will offer this same day service. All that it takes is for you to make the call before a certain time – usually midday – and a local installer will be on your doorstep in a matter of hours to install your new TV system.
The best place to look for an installer is online, usually through a site like Trust Pilot, where contractors are rated on a scale of 1-10. This way, you’ll get to know which companies are the most reliable, the most experienced, and who offer the most affordable prices.
Make sure the company you decide to use are working with the latest system, as this has been developed especially to provide better network coverage for the UK. Freesat is available to 98% of UK residents, even those who can’t get Freeview due to bad connectivity, so this may be your best option if coverage in your area is unreliable.
The best installers will offer a free home assessment and postcode check in order to work out how receptive your home will be to a satellite signal. They should then provide you with a free of charge, no obligation quote for the job. Always make sure that this is the final quote and that there won’t be any other hidden costs or extras – such as the cost of fuel or transport time.
So, in order to get the best value installation, look out for companies who offer free site surveys, all cables, supports and brackets, the satellite dish itself and a digital receiver. You’ll also want to make sure that the service includes a one year guarantee as well as full public liability insurance – and ideally, that the engineers are highly experienced.
It’s a good idea to check the accreditations of your chosen company so you can ensure they are members of the Confederation of Aerial Industries. You’ll also need to ensure that they are Freesat approved installers to ensure they are compliant with UK health and safety regulations, and that you’ll be provided with the best picture possible.
Finally, look out for a company with a Freephone telephone number; so that when you do make the call, you can save yourself even more pennies.