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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

    I

    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.