freesatThe new British free-to-air satellite platform, Freesat, has launched today with an offering of over 80 digital TV and radio channels, including BBC One, ITV1, Film Four and BBC HD. The launch of Freesat, also saw Channels 4’s digital channels, E4, E4+1, More4 and More4+1 begin broadcasting free-to-air.

Freesat can be purchased in-store or online at Argos, Comet, Currys, John Lewis and some independent retailers. After a one-off payment for a set-top box and installation, the service is free forever.
ITV HD and Channel 4 HD are expected to join the service in the near future. Five is also due to join the new platform sometime in 2008.
More channels are expected to join Freesat during 2008, Sky News, CNN along with commercial radio stations are currently not available through the new services Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).

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