How to connect a Freeview box to a TV set

Occasionally we’re asked for a very basic guide on how to connect a Freeview set-top box to a TV set, so here’s a plain-English guide…

Setting up a Freeview Box – The Basics

To get a Freeview box connected to your TV, you will need the following:

1. To be in a Freeview coverage area. You can check by putting in your postcode at

2. A working TV aerial with a co-ax aerial plug on the end (see picture below)

A TV aerial co-ax plug

A TV aerial co-ax plug


2. A TV set with a SCART socket (see picture below)

A SCART socket

A SCART socket

3. A SCART lead – a lead with two SCART plugs at each end (see pic below). SCART leads are available from Maplin

One end of a SCART lead

One end of a SCART lead

How to connect the Freeview box to your TV

Step 1 – Connect the TV aerial plug to the “Aerial In” socket on the Freeview box. The socket may be labelled as “Aerial In”, “Ant In” or “RF In”. Here is a picture of an “Aerial In” socket

Set-top box Aerial In socket

Set-top box Aerial In socket

Step 2 – Connect one end of the SCART lead into the Freeview set-top box SCART socket. If there are two sockets, use the one labelled “To TV”, not “To video / VCR”

Step 3 – Connect the other end of the SCART lead into the TV’s SCART socket. If there is more than one socket, use any, but note the socket number (may be labelled “AV1” or “Line 1”)

Step 4 – Plus the Freeview box into the mains power, and turn on the power to the Freeview box

Step 5 – Turn on the TV set

Step 6 – You now need to get the TV set to be able to get a signal from the Freeview box. See the next section

Connecting a Freeview box to a TV set

Connecting a Freeview box to a TV set



Tuning in the TV to the Freeview box

The channels from the Freeview box aren’t channels that you “tune in” like you did with old analogue TV – what you need to do is set the TV so that it gets the channels via the SCART lead that you connected in Step 2 and Step 3.

What you need to do, is set the TV so that it can get a signal from the SCART lead. On the TV remote control, there will be a button that lets you switch from normal TV channels to “Line In”. This may be labelled “Line In” , “AUX”, or “AV”, but most commonly, it will have an icon of a TV set with an arrow. Here are a selection of photos of this button:

Line In Button 1 Line In Button 2 Line In Button 3 Line In Button 4

Pressing this button switches from standard TV channels to signals from a box or recorder connected via SCART. If your TV set has more than one input, you may need to press this a few times to get to the right input.

When it’s worked, you should be able to see a picture from your Freeview set-top box.

If you’re not sure how to view the AV input from the SCART socket, refer to your TV’s manual.


Tuning in the Freeview box

The final step is to get the Freeview set-top box to find all of the Freeview channels. You will need to get the Freeview box to “scan for channels”. Normally it asks you if you want to do this when you first connect it.

Scanning should take a couple of minutes.

If you’re not sure how to get your Freeview box to scan for channels, refer to the Freeview box’s manual. Each Freeview box is different, so there is no easy way to describe how to do this for every Freeview box on the market.


That’s it! Any questions? Please ask in the comments section below…

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