Does my Samsung TV have Freeview? How to get it

Samsung’s lineup of smart TV is great. Whatever the budget may be, you’ll find yourself a Samsung smart TV available. Its got great audio and video output qualities, not to forget the various features it has built-in with Tizen OS. Now, if you are in the UK, you will be knowing about Freeview – a service that lets you watch TV channels for free. While this service is available on most Smart TVs sold in the UK, a few TV brands like Samsung do not come with Freeview installed. Read along to know more about Samsung TVs with Freeview.

So, if you have a Samsung smart TV and want to know how to set up or get Freeview on your TV, this is the guide for you. In this guide, we will also be talking about the various things that you will require to get Freeview on your Samsung Smart TV.

Does my Samsung TV have Freeview?

If you have a Samsung smart TV that was released in 2016 or older, there’s a high possibility of the Freeview app present on these Samsung Smart TVs. However, if you have a Samsung TV from 2017 and newer, these models do not come with Freeview installed. In fact, there is no way to get the app installed on your newer Samsung TVs.

But, there is a way you can watch Freeview on the newer Samsung TV models.


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Retune Freeview Signal on Samsung TV

Now, let’s take a look at how you can retune and set up Freeview on various TV models from Samsung.

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Retune Samsung TV LE Series XXXXBD

  • Grab the remote and press the Menu button.
  • With the Menu open, select the Channels option.
  • Under the Channels menu, select Auto Store.
  • The TV will begin to start scanning and retuning Freeview. When the retune completes, you will start to see the channel play right away.

Retune Samsung TV LE Series FXXU Models

  • Press the Menu button on your Samsung TV remote.
  • Highlight the Guide option followed by Digital Channel.
  • With the Digital Channel menu open, select Auto store to begin scanning for channels right away.
  • When the scan is complete, you will be able to see all the channels in a list ready for you to watch right away.

HE Series 4 – Series 6 Models

  • Press the Menu button and select the Autostore option.
  • Select Antenna type and choose between Air or Cable. Depending on what antenna is connected to your TV, choose the option.
  • Once you have selected the right Channel source, select Digital and finally select the Search button.
  • Your TV will begin to search for channels and display them once the scan has been completed.

Other Samsung Series and Models

If you have a Samsung TV that’s older and the model has not been mentioned above, you can follow these steps to scan for channels. The steps are more or less similar for most Samsung TVs out there.

samsung tv with freeview
  1. Grab the Remote and press the Menu button.
  2. From the menu, select Broadcasting followed by  Autotuning.
  3. Make sure that your Aerial is connected to the TV.
  4. Choose Aerial followed by Channel Type as Digital.
  5. Finally, click on the Scan option.
  6. When the scan has been completed, select Primary, Secondary and Additional regions.
  7. You can now watch all the channels that you have scanned on your TV for free.

Setup Freeview on Newer Samsung TVs

Because the newer Samsung TV models do not have Freeview preinstalled, you can purchase the Freeview Recorder for a one-time fee. These recorder boxes are available between £160 to £250. With these recorders, you will be able to record your channels, pause and even rewind them. The added advantage of getting a recorder is that you will be able to watch all the channels in HD quality.

  1. Connect the recorder to the power source
  2. Also, plug one end of the HDMI cable into the recorder and the other end into the TV’s HDMI input port.
  3. Connect the Antenna or Aerial to the recorder. Make sure that the Aerial recorder
  4. With everything connected, power up the recorder as well as your Samsung TV.
  5. Switch to the correct input source for your recorder on the TV.
  6. Your recorder will be set up right away for you to enjoy all the channels.
  7. If the channels do not show up you might have to return your recorder box.

Retuning Freeview Recorder Box

If the channels did not show up right away, you can follow these steps to retune the recorder box so that you get access to all the free tv channels right away.

  1. Grab the remote for your recorder box and press the Menu button.
  2. Navigate to the Setup or Installation Guide option. The options will differ based on the recorder box that you have.
  3. The Setup menu might be password protected. You can either 1234 or 0000. Or, you can check with the user manual that came with your recorder box.
  4. With the menu unlocked, choose the factory reset option or default settings option.
  5. The recorder will ask if you wish to delete all channels. Select OK or Yes.
  6. Once the channels have been deleted, the recorder will automatically begin to scan for new channels.
  7. When all the channels have been found, select Save.
  8. You can now watch all your TV Channels from Freeview on your Samsung TV.

Access Freeview on Samsung TV with Roku or FireStick

If for some reason Freeview is not on the Samsung Store and above-listed method not working, you can get Freeview with Roku and Firestick devices.

  1. Connect Roku or Firestick to your Samsung TV.
  2. Open Roku Channel Store on Roku or Amazon Store on Firestick.
  3. Search for Freeview, then download it on your TV.
  4. Once downloaded, open the app, then start streaming Freeview on your Samsung TV.
  5. That’s it.


This concludes the guide on how you can watch Freeview channels on your Samsung Smart TV. Whether it’s an old model or a new model, Freeview channels can be accessed on your Samsung smart TV easily. If you have questions or queries, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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