What you need to watch digital TV via UHF

To receive digital TV via UHF, you will need two pieces of equipment.

1. UHF aerial

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.

 

2. UHF set-top box

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.

Warning!

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.