Freesat was officially launched on the 6th May 2008, a joint venture between the
BBC and ITV offering over 80 digital TV and radio channels at launch (now over 140),
including High Definition (HD) programmes from the BBC and ITV all for free via satellite.
Freesat is similar to Freeview but with capabilities for hundreds of channels and
HD programming from the start, it is technically impossible for Freeview to offer
the same amount of content due to bandwidth restraints even after digital switch
over is completed in 2012.
Apart from the main attraction of freesat's increased content and HD programming
freesat is capable of reaching anywhere in the UK.