To receive digital TV via UHF, you will need two pieces of equipment.
In most parts of New Zealand, you can watch digital TV using a UHF aerial and a UHF receiver.
The Freeview website has a coverage map that lets you check whether or not you can watch digital TV using a UHF aerial and set-top box.
UHF aerials can be purchased from most electronic retailers. You should check that you don’t already have a UHF aerial before you buy a new one.
Bear in mind that if you have a ‘Freeview ready’ TV you will need to make sure that your TV is connected to a UHF aerial and tuned into Freeview.
If you have an older-style television, or one without a built in Freeview tuner, you will need a separate set-top box to watch digital TV.
A set-top box is a UHF digital receiver that connects to your TV. A cable will connect the UHF aerial to the set-top box. A second cable (or perhaps group of cables) will connect the set-top box to your television.
With some newer TVs, usually advertised as ‘Freeview ready’, a UHF receiver has been built into the TV so you don’t need a separate set-top box.
But you do need to make sure that your TV is connected to a UHF aerial and that it is tuned into Freeview.
Although set-top boxes for satellite and UHF can look the same, they work differently and offer different benefits and features. A satellite box won’t work with a UHF aerial. Decide whether you want to receive your digital TV signal by UHF or satellite before you buy your equipment. Speak to your local retailer for more information.