To receive Freesat channels, you need a dish.
However, the TV will still pick up regular terrestrial (ie BBC1 – Ch 5) and all the Freeview, through a normal aerial.
you can then access the additional Freesat channels at a later stage, once you get the dish.
Can I use my satellite dish as a TV aerial?
Freeview is a terrestrial TV service that is received via a TV aerial and is not compatible with a satellite dish. You will however usually be able to receive Free TV via a satellite dish.
Do you need an aerial with a Freesat box?
FREESAT : Do I need a satellite dish or an aerial connection to connect my unit? If your set top box or recorder is a Freesat receiver, you will require a satellite dish aligned with Astra 28.2°E and Eutelsat 28A. If your set top box or recorder is a Freeview receiver, you will require a roof top aerial.
What satellite should I use for Freesat?
The service makes use of the same group of Astra satellites at 28.2°E as the Sky subscription satellite service. This means that a satellite dish which is positioned to receive these services will be capable of receiving Freesat, with the addition of a suitable receiver (or Television with receiver built in).
What is the difference between Freesat and Freeview?
Freeview and Freesat users both get access to a digital TV service without paying a monthly fee or signing up to a contract. The difference is in the delivery: Freeview: delivered through an aerial and a set top box. Freesat: delivered through a minidish and a set top box.