Information on what it is really like to live in the United Kingdom


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We’ve got a long history of Television here, the first one being invented by John Logie Baird, from the Scotland part of the UK. We also have the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), which is one of the world’s oldest broadcasters, first coming into existence in 1927, and making it’s first TV Broadcast in 1932, resuming again in 1946 after World War 2.

In order to watch TV legally in the UK, you need to purchase a Television Licence at a cost of just over 145 per year (can be bought in installments). You still need to buy one to legally watch Television if you also get your TV channels through a paid subscription service.

By the end of 2012, the whole of the United Kingdom will have it’s old Analogue TV Broadcast system shut off, with it’s 4 or 5 channels (depending on local transmitter) and BBC Ceefax + ITV/Channel4 Teletext services.

In their place will be a choice of several already established Digital TV replacements............

SKY Digital

Subscription based Digital satelite from BSkyB


Free Digital Satelite service


Free to Air Digital Terrestrial TV service


Digital Cable service, only available in certain areas.

BT Vision

IPTV Service

TalkTalk TV

Soon to be replaced by YouView?

You can get extra Channels on FreeView & FreeSat via TopUp TV.


You can also watch TV live online at TVCatchup. Also online is the BBC iPlayer service, showing both live BBC Channels & lets you catch up on programs you missed earlier too.

Television Equipment (TV, VCR, DVD, etc) uses the PAL Standard. DVD & BluRay use REGION 2 Format.

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