Freesat, a free satellite TV service, has launched in the UK: there are no monthly subscription fees just a one-off payment for the hardware and installation.
Currently it offers 80 TV and radio channels but only one of them is high-definition (BBC). Freesat plans to have 200 channels up by the end of the year.
A standard-definition only receiver is priced at Â£49 ($100), high-definition receivers will cost Â£120 to Â£150 ($240 – $300) and installation will cost Â£80 ($160) on average.
Freesat also plans on launching 42″ 46″ and 50″ HDTVs with integrated receivers in the next 3 months.