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How Do I set Up My Freeview Box?

When you purchase a digital box, it will come with instructions on how to it set up.  If you're having problems doing this, just follow the steps below.

Your Freeview digital box, when purchased, should have the following items included:

  • a power lead
  • a remote control and batteries
  • a Scart lead (some Freeview digital boxes don’t come with a Scart lead, but they are available from most electrical retailers)

Step 1

Use your television remote control to put your TV into standby.

Remove the aerial lead from the back of your TV - this is the cable that connects the aerial socket in the wall to your TV.  Take this end and put it into the aerial socket on the digital box. This socket will be marked up as ‘RF In’, ‘Antenna’, ‘Aerial’ or ‘Ant In’.

Step 2

Take the Scart lead and put one end into the digital box; the socket will usually be labelled ‘TV’ or ‘Scart 1’.  Then place the other end of the Scart lead into the first Scart socket on your television, preferably the AV1 labelled Scart socket.

Occasionally a TV may not have a Scart socket.  Some digital boxes will have something called an ‘RF modulator’ which will allow you to use another aerial cable to connect the digital box to the TV.

Step 3

Use your remote control to switch your TV back on.

Step 4

Take the power lead and plug it into your new Freeview digital box and turn it on. The majority of televisions will automatically detect the digital box.  If this doesn't happen go to the AV1 channel on your TV remote control.

Step 5

Most digital boxes will start to automatically tune. If you do have any problems there is a Retuning Guide available. Once the tuning process is complete with your Freeview digital box, you will the be able to view the channels that you can receive.  You will then be able to use your Freeview remote to explore all your channels.