Free-To-Air Satellite TV (D-I-Y)
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: 12/November/2008 at 14:14
How to receive free-to-air satellite TV (not just Sky or freesat)
The Do-It-Yourself FTA Option:
A list of the satellites and the free-to-air TV channels on those satellites can be found on the Sat Europa website here : http://www.sateuropa.co.uk/information/free-to-air/satellite.asp
After completing the 3 simple steps on that page you are presented with the main satellites and the TV channels which are free-to-air based on your location and where you want to get the TV channels from.
Next you need a dish, LNB and a receiver along with suitable coax cable which are available from many companies such as Sat Europa.
From around Â£100 plus cabling and installation you can choose what you want to watch instead of having to choose between Sky or freesat. Your local satellite TV supplier can probably help you with buying the right equipment and with the installation.
From the UK you can get:
Eurobird 1, 28.5Â°E / Astra 2A/2B/2D, 28.2Â°E
INTELSAT 905, 24.5Â°W
Hellas Sat 2, 39Â°E
ASTRA 1E, 23.5Â°E
ASTRA 1F/1G/1H/1KR/1L, 19.2Â°ETELSTAR 12, 15Â°W
HISPASAT 1C/1D, 30Â°W
INTELSAT 3R/6B, 43Â°W
EUTELSAT W2, 16Â°E
HOT BIRD 2/6/7A/8, 13Â°E
EUTELSAT W1, 10Â°EEUTELSAT W3A, 7Â°E
Express AM22, 53Â°E
SIRIUS 2/3 + ASTRA 1C, 5Â°E
THOR 2/3 + INTELSAT 10-02, 1Â°WBADR 3/4, 26Â°E
NILESAT 101/102, 7Â°W
Not all satellites listed above can be seen from all parts of the UK and different dish sizes apply in some locations.
See our Antenna Pointing & Set Up Tutorial or the Tools page for more information regarding doing it yourself.
See also other FreeSat Options
The Satellite Communications Community and Resources Website.
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