Photos: Hands-on with freesat

We've put together a selection of our photos from the freesat launch to give you an idea of what's available and -- more importantly -- how it looks

If you haven't already heard, freesat is the new service from the BBC and ITV designed to bring free digital TV to people who don't live in the Freeview coverage area or people who want more channels and the potential for HD.

freesat is starting small with 80 channels, but it claims that there will be 300 by the end of the year. There's no reason to believe these won't be 220 additional shopping channels trying to flog you some miracle product, unfortunately.

There isn't much HD content at launch, but in the near future we expect ITV HD, Channel 4 HD and maybe one day Five HD to join in. It's possible that there could be free movie and music channels in glorious high definition.

Our first image in our freesat photo extravaganza is the HD Grundig box, which will cost around £150. You'll either need a Sky mini-dish or to pay for installation of a new dish, which will cost around £80. There are no further costs and no subscription fee. Click through for more sneak peeks at the hardware and setups from freesat's launch. -Ian Morris

More freesat from Crave:
What's freesat and how do I get it
See the freesat channel line-up on our forums
freesat: Does the service have what it takes to be a hit?

Update: We've had the first freesat receiver in, so check out our full Humax Foxsat-HD (freesat) review.

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