What features make for the best Freeview box?

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25 Mar • 5 min read

Looking for an easy way to watch TV via an aerial connection, but baffled by the different features and options you see when you visit a retailer? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

The vast majority of boxes that use an aerial will reference Freeview in some way. Chances are you’ve seen an advert for it in the past, but if you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s simply the name of the UK's digital terrestrial TV service. It’s the perfect option if you’re after the best of British telly without being tied down by a monthly subscription.

If this sounds like what you need, the next question to ask yourself is what are my must-have features? Not sure what makes a Freeview box the best choice for you? Read on to find out the key features you should be looking out for.

Record now, watch later.

This one really is as easy as it sounds! Whether you’ve got another programme on the go, or you’ve planned a nice afternoon walk and won’t be home, you are totally free to adjust your viewing to fit around your plans

In just a few clicks on our extremely easy-to-navigate TV Guide, you’ll be able to find the show you want to record in no time. Once you’ve done so, simply press the record button and you are good to go! And if the feedback from our loyal customers is anything to go by, our TV Guide blows all the others out of the water! We’re quicker than the rest and if we may say so ourselves, our guide makes it a lot easier to find the show you want to watch than some of our competitors' efforts.

Live pause? No problem.

Need to pop the loo during your favourite live show? Not a problem. Or what if you got too caught up in the tension of your favourite British drama and you want to go back and revisit? That’s fine too. What about if I want to watch something live but record another show at the same time? Absolutely fine.

No more searching for VHS tapes to relive classic moments, and no more missing live TV! We’ve got it all covered with live pause - find out how here.

Catch-up, so you don’t get left behind.

A fantastic T3-R exclusive, Freeview Play allows you to catch all of those shows you might have forgotten to record, whenever you want to watch them.

You can go back and watch all of your favourite shows from BBC iPlayer, All 4, and loads more. And the best thing about it is that it couldn’t be easier to use! With the featured on-demand channels all in one place on your homepage, it means you don’t have to look inside each app to find your favourite shows, easy! Freeview Play also lets you scroll back through the last 7 days in the Guide to catch up, making it easy to watch the shows you’ve recently missed.

So, if you don’t want to miss your favourite shows on British telly but you also don’t want to worry about the hassle of a subscription, then one of our fantastic and easy to navigate Freeview boxes is definitely for you!

We hope this guide has helped you figure out the box that’s right for you. If you still have questions, or let us know on Facebook or Twitter – we're happy to help.