Freesat is the proprietory name of a free to air satellite television and radio service … it is jointly owned by the BBC and ITV. Although it was never the intention to compete against the Sky satellite service, it does provide a viable and effective alternative to Sky Digiboxes and Sky viewing cards in order to receive basic UK television and radio channels.
Freesat gives you over 140 digital TV and Radio channels, plus free High Definition, with no monthly bills and no viewing card. The 8 day on-screen programme guide makes it easy to choose what to watch.
Freesat uses the same satellite that Sky uses so a Freesat set top box will replace a Sky Digibox without having to alter the dish.