freeview box cheap

  Stuartli 18:03 17 Dec 2004

TopUpTV (the subscription service) could only be received on the original ON/ITVDigital set top boxes (which all had a card slot as there were subscription services available or planned).

Freeview boxes didn't have a card slot when first going on sale simply becase the BBC and its partners saw no reason for them as the service was intended to be Free to Air.

However, the main transmitter company saw a potential financial reward by allowing TopUpTV to be allowed transponder space, much to the chagrin of the BBC, and the paid-for service became available for owners of original boxes only.

However, some manufacturers (Thomson is one) are now producing Freeview boxes with a card slot to enable TVTopUp channels to be received.

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