Updated: Wednesday 4 April, 2012
Available to Freeview customers, Top Up TV gives greater choice without having to pay excessive fees for a programmes you donít want or watch.
Top Up TV (www.topup.tv) is a digital TV service that offers on demand content from pay channels, as well live premium sports channels.
The service launched in March 2004, offering customers 10 channels that werenít available via Freeview through a subscription. These channels included UK Style, Eurosport, UKTV Gold, TCM, Discovery, Cartoon Network, UK Food, Bloomberg, Toonami and Boomerang.
Top Up TV allows Freeview customers to access programmes from selected pay-to view channels. The programmes are updated overnight via the TV aerial and stored in a digital TV recorder (DTR), which also lets you watch, record, pause and rewind standard Freeview channels.
You can also get access to a selection broad selection of 28 hit movies each month through Top Up TVís Picture Box service.
If you own a compatible digital television, you will also be able to get access to Sky Sports channels and ESPN without a set top box. To do so, you need a CI+ CAM adapter - a small card that fits into a slot on the TV.
Top Up TV offers a number of viewing packs, covering TV, film and sport. These include:
With a DTR, you also get the ability to pause, rewind and record all standard Freeview channels, as well as the extra Top Up TV content.
To get the Top Up TV Anytime service, youíll need to buy a special set-top box. These can be ordered online directly from www.topuptv.com, or from retailers such as from Argos and Amazon.
Alternatively, you can get Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2 and ESPN by with a CI+ adapter - a small card that slots into compatible TVs and some set top boxes. Most modern TVs support this feature.
Prices of the viewing packs vary and you will receive discounts for taking multiple packs.