There are other choices!
"either subscribing to Sky or switching to Freeview"
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!
You can get almost all the standard channels (except Ch4 and Five), plus the extras like BBC3/4, with a standard £50 digital satellite receiver from B&Q (plus dish) NO subscription required.
You can get *all* the standard chanels including Ch4 and Five and the extra with a one-off £20 "Freesat from Sky" receiver, plus dish.
There is *NO* need to pay a subscription.
Satellite TV does not equal Sky TV. We expect that rubbish from "government spokesmen", but surely El Reg is better informed?