UK Television

Broadcasting systems differ from country to country and televisions do not always travel well internationally, they are not always compatible. It is usually simpler to purchase or rent a set in your new location. You will find an extensive choice in department stores, out of town retail parks and on various websites.

Television Licence

Within the UK all households with a television must have a valid TV licence, there are a variety of ways that you can pay for / obtain this, the most common of which is direct debit from your bank. However for a full range of the available options please either visit the TV Licensing or call 0844 800 6790.

The current annual licence is £145.50 for a colour television, each licence is issued to the household and is valid for any number of televisions at the same address. It can be transferred to another address if you move. There is a substantial fine for anyone operating a television without a licence.

What’s on?

There are five standard channels available within the UK which are BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, these are covered within the cost of your television licence. For a small one off cost you may also purchase a Freeview digital box which will substantially increase the number of channels available to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing a new television many now come with digital tuners built in.

Cable Television

Again adding to your viewing choice Cable television is normally supplied on a minimum of a 12 month contract and is available from:

Virgin Media Tel: 0845 840 7777

The set up and on-going costs are dependent on the package that you select. When contacting the supplier you will require your full home postcode so that they may establish if they offer a service in your area.

If you are renting a property please seek the landlord or letting agents permission before having a satellite dish installed.

Satellite Television

Satellite television provides the widest choice of viewing. Again please note that the set up and on-going costs vary dependent on your requirements. This service is also typically sold on a minimum of a 12 month contract. If you are renting a property please seek the landlord or letting agents permission before having a satellite dish installed.

Sky   Tel:08705 800874