Confused about terminology - "Freeview" and "integrated digital tuner"

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  1. AFCChris

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    Can anyone explain what the difference is between TV's that show as having Freeview, and ones that don't mention Freeview but have an integrated digital tuner (symbol with a pink tick in a box)? I am assuming they are the same thing but now I'm wondering if that's the case. Are they the same? If not then which one is the best to look for?
     
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    The key difference is that a 'Freeview' tuner will give you the interactive stuff and a bog standard 'integrated digital tuner' will not.
     
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    I always thought they were the same, although it would be worthwhile checking to see if a set has a slot for pay services
     
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    The Digital Tick symbol is controlled by the government and is a license which means the equipment meets certain standards which revolve around receiving the digital versions of the main TV channels after the analogue switch off. For TVs they must also conform to the MHEG 5 standards for interactive services.

    Freeview is a marketing name owned by the main terrestrial broadcasters and covers broadly the same areas. Either of these should mean the TV will still work after the analogue signal is switched off. You will also be able to access over 40 other channels without paying anything extra and have a 8 day programme guide - assuming you live in an area that can receive DTV-T.

    Top up TV is a pay to view commercial service that previously used CAMS but is increasingly marketing PVRs and VOD services.
     

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