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How to tune in a satellite for Hotbird channels

Updated April 17, 2017

The Hotbird satellite transmits hundreds of free-to-air and subscription satellite television and radio channels across Europe and North Africa. To view Hotbird channels in the United Kingdom, you’ll need a satellite receiver connected to a satellite dish pointing at the transmitting satellite’s 13 degrees east position in the sky. You can tune in the satellite receiver to Hotbird channels by accessing the “Setup” menu with the receiver’s remote control handset.

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  1. Switch on your TV set and satellite receiver. Tune the TV set to the correct channel for viewing the satellite receiver’s output.

  2. Press the “Menu” key on the satellite television receiver’s remote control handset. Push the remote control’s “Up” and “Down” arrow buttons to select the “Setup” option.

  3. Scroll to the “Tuning,” “Channel Scan” or “Add Channels” option. This label will vary depending on the make and model of the satellite receiver. Click the “OK” button on the remote control unit to select this option.

  4. Scroll to and select “Hotbird 13°E” or “13°E” in the list of available satellites. Your satellite receiver will automatically display the list of satellites that you can receive. Wait for the satellite receiver to scan the Hotbird satellite for all available television and radio channels.

  5. Select “Save all Channels” or “Save” from the onscreen prompt when the receiver completes the scan. This adds Hotbird channels to your receiver’s electronic program guide. Power down and restart the satellite receiver.

  6. Tip

    To view subscription channels on the Hotbird satellite, insert a subscription card for the channel provider into the card slot on the front of the receiver.

    You can view free-to-air channels on Hotbird without a subscription card.

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About the Author

Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including "The Cornish Times" and "The Sunday Independent." Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.

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