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Youview, Freesat from Sky, Freeview & Freesat compared

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by Desire Athow
, 12 Oct 2012Blog
Youview, Freesat from Sky, Freeview & Freesat compared

The range of TV service providers in the UK grew to five after the arrival of Youview late this year. This new service, which takes over from Project Kangaroo, regroups some of the biggest names in the business (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, BT, Talktalk etc) and complements Freesat and Freeview by offering video-on-demand capabilities via the Internet.

As a hybrid service that combines terrestrial capabilities with web-based paid-for and video-on-demand, it will replace BT’s own BT Vision service, as well as give TalkTalk a foothold in the TV segment.

We’ve put together a handy comparison of Youview, Freesat from Sky, Freeview and Freesat, looking at their HD offerings as well as interesting features and pay services. We’ve omitted Virgin Media because, at the time of writing, the company did not have a no-strings-attached offer.

 

Youview

Freesat from Sky

Freeview HD

Freesat HD

HD Channels

6

6

5

5

Internet needed

     

Dish needed

 

l

 

l

Aerial Needed

l

   

l

Free Recording

l

 

l

l

Split recording

    

l

 

Series recording

 

l

 

VoD

l

   

l

Catchup TV

l

     

UK Coverage per cent

83

98

83

98

Channels (SD/HD/Radio)

60/6/30

240/6/85

63/4/31

108/5/38

Pay services

9 OD channels including 3 paid-for

Optional £10p/m for SD/HD recording

Top Up TV, BT Vision, ESPN

 

Website

goo.gl/R1dNr

goo.gl/zMIdR

goo.gl/gLTsr

goo.gl/vJA10

Average price of set top box

£249 (500GB)

£175

£120 (500GB)

£170 (500GB)

Contract

Optional

Optional

   

Others

 

Equipment rented unless you buy it. Costs include installation and dish.

   
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