Newts, I'm thinking along the same lines as you. Reception in my neck of the woods is terrible and Freesat seems to be the answer. Unfortunately there seems to be a distinct lack of set-top boxes. Argos have some in stock but I would like to see a bigger range from different manufacturers. I have been told unofficialy to hang on a while, things are in the pipe line !
Sky have monopolised the satellite market and I think manufacturers are loth to start making a new range of boxes whilst demand is low. The Beeb need to publicise the service a bit more, stressing the FREE aspect. Dont rush !