How to Unlock 200+ Free-To-Air Channels on DStv HD Decoder

Young woman setting up free-to-air channels on a DStv HD decoder

Would you love to get more channels on your DStv at no extra cost? I bet you do. But a lot of people do not know how to go about it. In this article, you will learn how to unlock free-to-air (FTA) channels on your DStv HD decoder in a few simple steps.

Before we get started, here are the items you need to get free channels on your DStv:

  • A DStv HD decoder with MPEG-4 capabilities, installed on is20 satellite. You will need a decoder with MPEG-4 capabilities for free to air channels. If you are not using an MPEG-4 capable decoder, you won’t receive audio on most channels. This is why many people complain of sound after setting up free-to-air channels.
  • A remote control compatible with DStv HD decoders. That could be an A7, a B5, B7, an all-in-one DStv remote or any other compatible remote control.

Now let’s get started installing those channels. Don’t forget to check out our FTA sports channels.

How to Install Free-To-Air Channels on DStv HD Decoder

The following settings will take you through step by step on how to get free channels on HD.

STEP 1

Go to Menu by pressing the Blue “DStv” button.

STEP 2

Then select Settings and go to Satellite Settings.

STEP 3

Select Additional Networks.

STEP 4

On Additional Networks, you will find Networks numbered from 1 to 5. Do not change any frequencies on Network #1. Simply put “YES” where there is “NO.” You will start changing the settings from Network 2 all the way to Network 5.

STEP 5

  • Go to Network 2 and apply the following changes:
FREQUENCY11514 or 11170
SYMBOL RATE28750
FEC3/4
POLARISATIONVertical OR Horizontal

Then apply Scan this (Scan all✖).

  • Apply the following settings to NETWORK 3:
FREQUENCY12562
MODULATIONDVB-S2
SYMBOL30000
FEC5/6
POLARISATIONHorizontal

Apply Scan this✔ (Scan all✖)

  • Make the following changes to NETWORK 4 for Eagle TV and more.
FREQUENCY12682
MODULATIONDVB-S
SYMBOL30000
FEC2/3
POLARISATIONVERTICAL

Apply Scan this✔ (Scan all✖).

  • Apply these to NETWORK 5:
Enable NetworkYes
Use UNITYes
Frequency12543
ModulationDVB-S
Symbol Rate1600
FEC3/4
PolarisationVertical

Once you are done, press “Options” on your remote. Locate Channel Group and change it from “My DStv Channels” to “All Channels.” Save your changes, then press 100 and scroll left, you will see all the channels that are coming before channel 100.

The channel numbers for the added channels will carry four digits.

Are you having trouble setting up Free channels?

Sometimes you may find that the decoder won’t scan automatically. If this happens and it’s showing you that your parameters are incorrect, it means one of two things: either (1) your signal strength is low or (2) your LNB is not properly positioned.

If that’s the case, you’ll need to find a certified dish installer at your location to assist you.

Are you not getting sound on free channels? After setting up free channels on DStv, you may find that some channels are muted. Most of these channels will appear 2 to 3 times on the channels list. One will have audio and the other will be muted. Find the one that comes with audio and select it.

The other obvious reason you may not get audio is using the MPEG-2 decoder. Most channels won’t give you sound on such a decoder and the setting may not even work. Upgrade to a modern MPEG-4 DStv HD decoder for best results.

If you are having problems with the free channels set up, drop a comment below. Have fun!

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56 thoughts on “How to Unlock 200+ Free-To-Air Channels on DStv HD Decoder”

  1. Dear Sir

    Re dstv FTA settings for christain network called Kruiskyk.

    I have setup the FTA cannels sith the settings get on your website under your topic Unlock fta channels on dstv hd decoder.

    After I scan the networks 2-5 I don’t see the THE AFRIKAANS CHRISTIAN CHANNEL KRUISKYK ON THERE AND ALSO THE NEWS CHANNEL FRANCE 24.

    WHAT CAN I DO TO GET THESE FTA CHANNEL’S ON MY DSTV HD DECODER FTA CHANNEL.?

    PLEASE SEND ME THE DETAILS AND FREQUENCIES THERE OFF.
    PLEASE EMAIL THE INFO ME ASAP.
    YOURZ
    WERNER KEMP
    GQEBERHA (Prev.Port Elizabdth)

    ..

    1. For France TV, use the following settings on one of the Networks:

      Frequency: 12634
      Polarisation: Vertical
      Symbol rate: 16170
      Modulation: DVB-S2
      FEC: 5/6

      For Kruiskyk TV, use the following on one of the Networks:

      Frequency: 11514
      Polarisation: Vertical
      Modulation: DVB-S2
      Symbol rate: 28750
      FEC: 1/2

    1. Here is the SABC 1 settings and frequency on DStv:

      Frequency: 11010
      Polarisation: Vertical
      Modulation: DVB-S
      Symbol Rate: 30000
      FEC: 5/6

      eTV Setting and frequency:

      Frequency: 11474
      Polarisation: Horizontal
      Modulation: DVB-S
      Symbol Rate: 30000
      FEC: 5/6

              1. It the setting match, yes. You’ll have to try the setting below first. If you don’t find all the SABC channels, let me know so I can send you other SABC frequencies.

                Frequency: 11010
                Ploarisation: Vertical
                Modulation: DVB-S
                Symbol rate: 30000
                FEC: 5/6

            1. Why the channels that have added none of them is playing….should I search again??
              Many of the channels have added but none of them are showing……..

            2. Hi. Is it true that new decoders are locked and cannot access public channels? I was told by the installer that only on explora and old decoders can be accessed.

            3. Hi, I have installed an old PVR decoder. I haven’t subscribed for DStv.
              How can I get free to air channels especially radio Islam ( need the frequencies and all settings).
              Channel 100 working perfectly.

              Thank you

              1. Frequencies for Zodiak TV, Times TV, and Mibawa TV on DStv:

                Zodiak TV:
                Frequncy: 11888
                Polarisation: Vertical
                Modulation: DVB-S
                Symbol Rate: 30000
                FEC: 5/6

                Times TV:
                Frequency: 11888
                Polarisation: Vertical
                Modulation: DVB-S
                Symbol Rate: 30000
                FEC: 5/6

                Mibawa TV:
                Frequency: 11928
                Polarisation: Vertical
                MOdulation: DVB-S
                Symbol Rate: 30000
                FEC: 5/6

                  1. You won’t find premium sports channels on free frequencies. That being said, you will still find a few sport channels on the free frequencies above. Follow the instructions in the article to set up your system for the free channels. You find just what you need.

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