Apr 272014

Free to air and Free to View – terminology confusion

FTA stands for ‘Free-to-air‘ – which means that the channel does not need a viewing card or even a sky digibox, any digital satellite receiver is fine.

FTV stands for ‘Free-to-viewthe channel needs a viewing card (either a subscription or a non subscription “Freesat from Sky”) and a Sky-branded digibox.

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These are just some of the popular channels that are FTA and do no need any sky viewing card whatsoever :

ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 (plus all timeshift versions)
Channel4, Five, BBC1HD, BBC2HD, ITV HD, STV HD
Film4, E4, More4, (plus all timeshift versions)
True Movies1, True Movies2, Movies4men, Movies4men2, Men & Motors,
CBS Action, CBS Reality, Chart Show, The Vault, Fizz, Bliss, Scuzz, Flaunt,,
BBC News24, Sky News, Bloomberg, CNN, Euronews
CBBC, Cbeebies, CITV, Pop, Tiny Pop, Pop Girl, Kix!
plus well over 50 digital radio stations, far too much to list.


Current FTV channels that require a 1-off payment “freesat from sky” viewing card, or a subscription card and a sky branded digibox are-

Liverpool FC TV

Motors TV

Sony TV

Sony Movies TV