How to add a new satellite to an fta receiver

Updated April 17, 2017

"Free-to-air" (FTA) satellite television provides a wide array of TV and radio channels, either as a standalone system or to supplement paid satellite TV, cable or terrestrial digital television.

Free-to-air satellite systems can be set up to receive broadcasts from a single satellite or multiple satellites, via a motorised dish or additional low noise blocks (LNBs) on a fixed satellite dish.

To add another satellite to a free-to-air system you must have a multiple system with access to more than one satellite.

Switch on your TV set and satellite receiver and select a satellite TV channel.

Press the "menu" button on your satellite receiver remote control.

Locate the "installation," "set-up" or "system set-up" option on the menu and select it using the up/down arrows on your remote control.

Scroll to the setting marked "tuning," "channel scan," "add new channels," or a similar description, and select it.

Find and select the "add satellite," or "new satellite" option.

Scroll through the list of available satellites and select the desired satellite. The satellite will be named with information that may include its position, for example, "13 degrees East."

Wait for your receiver to scan the satellite. This might take a few minutes.

Press "save" to store the new satellite and channels.


Repeat these steps for each satellite you want to add. Some satellite receivers will automatically search and scan all available satellites and add any found channels. Your satellite receiver will automatically switch between satellites as you change channels from one satellite to another. Note that motorised dishes can take a few seconds to switch between satellites.


Always restart your satellite receiver after adding new satellites or scanning for new channels.

Things You'll Need

  • Multi-satellite dish
  • Satellite receiver
  • Satellite receiver remote control
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