Whether you’re streaming or using cable, premium sports networks can be pricey and it’s the reason many homeowners decide to look for free to air alternatives.
Here are 15+ free to air sports channels where you can get premium sports entertainment, football matches, athletics and more for free.
Many of us pay a lot of money on monthly subscriptions when we can get more channels without having to pay more. This is primarily because a lot of satellite dish owners do not know that at the right frequency, they can hook up to any satellite in the world and receive free-to-air channels.
All you need to do is to get an installer to position your dish and connect it to the satellite you want. Once this is done, you can change the settings and use the right frequency to receive sports channels like the ones you have below.
So if you have everything in place and are ready to get going, use the details below to get free-to-air sports channels.
Free-To-Air Sports Channels
Here is a collection of free-to-air sports networks with their frequencies, polarisation (POL), registered satellites, satellite position (POS), and symbol rate (SR).
|Sports Channel||Satellite (POS)||Freq. (POL)||SR|
|Sports Connect||Intelsat 20 (68.5E)||12722 (H)||30000|
|Sharjah Sports||Eutelsat 8 West B (8.0W)||11013 (H)||27500|
|CBC Sports||AzerSpace (45.0E)||11555 (H)||30000|
|SportyStuff TV||Astra 2G (28.2E)||11538 (V)||22000|
|FreeSports||Belintersat 1 (51.5E)||11130 (H)||30000|
|ACI Sport TV||Hotbird 13C (13.0E)||12577 (H)||27500|
|RAI Sport||Eutelsat 5 West B (5.0W)||11179 (V)||35300|
|RAI Sport+ HD||Eutelsat 5 West B (5.0W)||11179 (V)||35300|
|Sport Italia||Eutelsat 9B (9.0E)||12341 (V)||31400|
|Super Tennis||Belintersat 1 (51.5E)||11130 (H)||30000|
|Top Calcio 24||Eutelsat 9B (9.0E)||12111 (V)||31400|
|Sport 1||Astra 1M (19.2E)||12480 (V)||27500|
|Eurosport 1||Astra 1L (19.2E)||12226 (H)||27500|
|Africa Sports TV||Eutelsat 16A (16.0E)||10804 (H)||30000|
|Trace Sport Stars||Intelsat 11 (43.1W)||4185 (H)||20709|
|Fox Sports News||ABS 3A (3.0W)||10972 (V)||30000|
|Marquee Sports Network||Galaxy 13 (127.0W)||3960 (V)||30000|
|Tennis Channel||Galaxy 13 (127.0W)||3960 (V)||30000|
|Claro Sports||Star One C4||11010 (V)||27900|
|PX Sports||SES 14||3965 (R)||10416|
|AI Rabiaa Sport TV||Eutelsat 8 West B (8.0W)||12604 (V)||27500|
Now that is a long list of sports channels to choose from. We’ll update the list as more channels are released on the satellites.
How to Activate FTA Sports Channels
You can activate FTA sports channels with the right dish installation using a modern decoder with MPEG-4 capabilities. As such, you will need a modern decoder to decode the signals as most modern TV networks have adopted MPEG-4.
You also have to make sure your dish is directed to the right satellite. You will only be able to receive channels from a satellite if your dish is within the transmission range.
Improper dish installation is a common reason many homeowners are unable to receive free channels even when they have the right parameters.
Once you have your installation in place, getting the channels is the easy part.
Caution: Take note of the default settings before making changes so you won’t have problems if you make a mistake during setup.
- Simply head over to the settings area, change the frequency, polarisation and symbol rate to match the channel(s) you want to receive.
- Depending on the type of set-top box (that is, decoder) you have, you could have to option to enter several frequencies and matching symbol rates before proceeding to scan for channels.
Once you are done entering the settings, proceed to scan for available channels on the network. Check your channels list and you will find the free sports channels available on those frequencies.
If you are using a DStv, check this article to learn how to set up free to air channels on your current dish installation.