is a free-to-air digital television
service in the United Kingdom
which is broadcast from terrestrial transmitters. It took over the licence to broadcast from the defunct ITV Digital
. Unlike ITV Digital and the cable and satellite digital TV services, it offers no subscription, premium or pay-per-view channels. All that is needed to receive the Freeview service is a set-top box costing around £99, or a new television with an integrated digital tuner. An annual television licence
fee is levied for the service, the same fee that covers the analogue channels.
Freeview is jointly owned by the BBC, Crown Castle International and British Sky Broadcasting. It broadcasts the existing free-to-air analogue channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and five) and about twenty other channels provided by the BBC, ITV companies, Sky, Crown Castle, and a number of independent companies.
The interactive information channel BBCi, along with several other interactive services are broadcast on Freeview.