How to add a new satellite to an fta receiver

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How to add a new satellite to an fta receiver
Adding a new satellite to a free-to-air satellite system is an easy way to get more TV and radio channels. (Satellite antenna on the red brick wall. image by wrangler from

"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.

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    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."

  7. 7

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

  8. 8

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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