Free-to-air satellite TV offers premium entertainment at no cost when you have a television with an appropriate connection.
However, some free channels are only available in selected regions, due to various regional restrictions on access to satellite signals.
In this article, we’ll discuss how people can get these free channels at no cost. We’ll also share information on the different providers and satellites needed for these free channels.
What are free-to-air satellite TV channels?
A free-to-air TV channel is a form of television that broadcasts via airwaves, in the same way as traditional over-the-air television. The term can refer to all television programming that is broadcast without requiring a subscription, including public broadcasting and commercial advertising.
In the past, free TV channels could only be received through an antenna. Today, there are many providers that offer free-to-air satellite TV channels. Hot Bird, Intelsat, Eutelsat, Astra and Amazonas are some of the popular satellite TV providers with many satellites.
There is no shortage of free-to-air satellite TV channels available today. With the right equipment and know-how, you can get premium entertainment at no cost. Whether you’re looking for news, sports or movies, there’s something for everyone on free-to-air satellite TV. So get out there and start watching!
The following is a list of some free-to-air satellite TV channels available on popular satellites:
- Hot Bird: BBC World News, BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge, BBC Arabic Television, BBC Parliament;
- Intelsat: Channel News Asia, Al Jazeera English, NHK World Premium;
- Eutelsat: France 24 English, KIRO TV from Seattle, TV5 Monde;
- Astra 2G: Bloomberg TV, Box Hits, Best Direct, 5 Star TV, Loveworld TV, KICC TV;
- Astra 2E: BBC One, BBC News, CBeeBies;
How do you get access to free channels?
There are a few ways to get access to free-to-air satellite TV channels. The most common way is to have an account with a satellite TV provider and access their free channels that way. Providers like Hot Bird, Intelsat, Eutelsat, Astra and Amazonas offer a variety of channels that can be watched at no cost.
Another way to get free-to-air satellite TV is by using a satellite dish receiver to pick up the signal from a satellite. This may be more difficult than getting channels through a provider, but it’s free.
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Tips on getting free channels without an account or installation:
- If you know the frequency of the channel you want to watch, you can download a frequency guide and scan for the channel yourself.
- There are also websites that offer free streams of TV channels. However, these can be unreliable and may not work all the time.
- Some providers offer a free trial period so you can test out their services before you commit.
- Buying a used satellite dish and receiver can be a cheaper option than signing up for a subscription.
- Some antennas can be bought for as little as $30 and can be installed on your roof or balcony.
Selecting a satellite dish and Receiver
In order to receive free channels from any satellite, you need a satellite dish, LNB, and a set-top box with appropriate signal decoding facilities. (A set-top box is also known as the decoder in certain parts of the world.)
I chose my satellite dish based on a few factors:
- I needed a dish that could be fitted onto an existing structure close to the ground.
- It needed to have a motorized system for aiming the dish.
- I wanted high quality HDTV with 1080i resolution capability.
- The dish should be able to receive two different satellites, as some channels may not come in as well as others.
A digital satellite receiver is a device that decodes digital television signals that have been received by a satellite dish. Most digital satellite receivers can also decode free-to-air channels. This makes them a popular choice for people who want to watch free channels without paying for a subscription.
There are a few things to consider when choosing a digital satellite receiver:
- Whether the receiver has an internal hard drive or not. This is important if you plan on recording shows or movies.
- The type of output that the receiver has.
- The number of tuners the receiver has. This is important if you want to watch different channels at the same time.
- Whether the receiver supports 3D, MPEG-4 or not.
Installing a satellite dish
Once you have chosen a dish, LNB and Set-top box, it’s time to install them.
- You’ll need to connect the receiver or set-top box to the satellite dish with coaxial cable and connect it to your TV via HDMI or SCART or component video cables.
- Once you have all three items, Then turn on your receiver and perform a scan with the frequencies you have to start watching free TV.
This can be a tricky process, so it’s best to hire a professional installer. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, here are some tips:
- Make sure that the surface you’re installing the dish on is level.
- Use a spirit level to make sure the pole is vertical.
- The closer the dish is to the satellite, the better the reception.
- Make sure that the dish can rotate from east to west, which is important to maximize signal strength.
Saving money with Free-To-Air Satellite TV channels
One of the main benefits of using free-to-air satellite TV channels is that you can save money. There are a few ways this happens:
- By not having to pay for a subscription TV service.
- By not having to buy a set-top box or digital receiver.
- By not having to buy or rent movies or TV shows.
- By using a satellite dish that you may already have.
- By using a satellite dish that can be installed without the need for a ladder.
- By not having to pay for the set-up or installation of your satellite dish and receiver.
A home FTA channels system can be a great way to save money and enjoy your favourite movies, TV shows, and sports games.
By installing a satellite dish and receiver, you can get access to a wide range of free-to-air channels without having to pay for a subscription.
Additionally, by investing in a quality home entertainment system, you can watch your favourite content in high definition with surround sound. This can provide an immersive experience that is far superior to traditional over-the-air television.
If you’re looking for a way to keep up with your favourite TV shows, sports games and movies without having to pay for cable or satellite service, then investing in a home FTA satellite TV system may be the perfect solution.
With just a few simple steps – including selecting the right dish and receiver – you can get free access to premium content without any subscription required. These are some of the channels available on popular satellites such as Hot Bird, Intelsat, Eutelsat, Astra and Amazonas: BBC World News, BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge, KICC, NHK World and more!
Please help me set FTA channels for SuperSport or at least get channels to watch the champions league or EPL or LaLiga matches.
Hi, Kros. You’ll need a device that can access FTA channels, like a dedicated FTA decoder or a DStv decoder. Then you have to direct the dish to the proper satellite and scan for the channels you need. If you want I can search for frequencies and channels for you. But that will depend on the satellite you choose.
Am failing to install free-to-air channels properly on my Dstv HD model 8s. What are the actual codes?
Hi, Kamz. 8S decoders are not allowing free channels for users in the Western African region.
Me too, I’m in SA.
I can’t get sound on RTM channel. Please help!
Hi, I’m Bravo, just came across this page and find very interesting stuff.
Am using IS20 with a HD single view decoder Model 4u. Which frequencies would get me the most of channels?
Hi, Bravo! Welcome to Dish Portal. What kind of channels are best for you: sports or movies or religious channels?
Would like to be able to watch the EPL. Any clues? I am in East Africa.
Hi, I am kimambo. Can I get NatGeo and Netwild?
Hi, Kimambo. NatGeo is a premium channel. You’ll need a kind a high end free to air decoder for that. I also recommend you talk to an installer.