There are interesting Free to air channels in Nigeria to watch if you are not bouyant enough financially to opt for pay TV subscription plans such as GOTV, DSTV and Star Times which are expensive.
These FTA channels are available for broadcast, but we doubt if most Nigerians are taking advantage of these new innovation in the digital FTA space or are still wanting to be milked from these South-African satelite companies whose cost of pay TV subcriptions are always on the high.
Thanks to the patnership between the Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) and SES, the world-leading satellite operator who launched Nigeria’s first free-to-air (FTA) DTH digital TV platform whose aim is to broadcast these FTA channels to the homes of residents in West Africa for a start.
It is said that the SES’s ASTRA 2F satellite at 28.2° E will begin its broadcast service officially during the ember months of 2018 and it would avail both local and international broadcasters in the West African region the opportunity to expand their base.
Also individuals can also enjoy these 28 FTA channels at the 28.2 degrees, but you would need to know the requirements for installation procedures as well as the frequencies to tune, so as to watch these channels in the FTA space.
In this write-up, we list the frequencies of these free-to-air channels and the process of installing the FTA channels satelites, so you can watch them on your television.
Hardware Requirements for FTA Channels For Installation
Before installation proper, note that the FTA channels you can reach is dependent on size of dish and direction to which it is pointed. We advise you use a large dish to get more channels. The hardware requirement include:
- FTA Decoder.
- Dish size should be (90cm or 60cm) nothing less than 1.8 m with a C band.
- KU band multiple LNB to track multiple satellites and get more FTA channels easily.
- Quality HD and MPEG-4 satellite receivers and
- Radio Frequency cables.
Dish Size & Latest Free To Air Satellites For Installation Process:
- Mega Choice at 29/30° East TP: 11294 H: 45000 Dish: 1m
- Multi TV (Astra2F) at 28.2°, 28.5° and 26° East TP: 11595 H: 30000 Dish: 1m
- Hotbird at 13° East TP:11541 H:22000 Dish: 3m
- AFN at 9° East TP: 11804 H: 27500 Dish: 1 m
- Eutelsat at 36° East TP: 12245 H: 27500
- Eutelsat at 7° East TP: 11599 H: 27500 Dish: 1 m
- Eutelsat at 15° East Dish: 0.9 m Sirius 4 at 5° East Dish: 0.9 m
- Intelsat 20 at 68.5° East TP: 12633 H: 16166 Dish: 0.6 m
- Intelsat 7 at 68.5° East TP: 12722 H: 26657 Dish: 0.6 m
- SES at 4.8° East TP: 12014 H: 30000 Dish: 0.6 m (0.9 m recommended)
- NSS7 at 22° West TP: 10986 H: 30000 Dish: 0.6 m
Buy original quality decoders from trusted dealers so as to avoid buying fake FTA decoders. These dealers are authorised to sell and even install any decoder of your choice especially when you buy from them.
From our market survey, quality decoders such as Alphabox, Qsat, Viewsat and Freesat decoders cost between N8,000 to N10,000 only. You can also get Nigerian channels among your FTA channels when you tune them on your television.
These Nigerian channels on FTA include: Channels TV, Galaxy TV, AIT, NTA, Silverbird TV, LTV, MBI, Super Screen, African movie net, TVC, MITV, AKBC, ABS, ITV and COOL-TV. Although, some of these FTA channels are permanently free, others are free temporarily.
To get interesting channels, you have to tune to the MultiTV (Astra2F) and Amos (Eutelsat16A) satellites which can be found at 28.2° East.
As you can see, with FTA channels, you have access a wide variety of entertaining and informative channels where you can watch movies, football matches (EPL, La liga, UEFA champion league and the FIFA World Cup) and other live sport games, news, fashion shows etc.
On the Astra2F satellite, here are some of the best TV channels available to watch: ITV, Channel Ten, France 24 English, Sky Vision, Star TV, EATV, Star Music, Emmanuel TV, Star Movies +, and so many more.
Also, the Eutelsat 7A satellite consists mainly of African channels showing Nollywood movies, while the Intelsat7 satellite on the other hand has series of Christian channels which are all free to watch.
We only hope with time that the list of frequencies to free to air (FTA channels) in Nigeria will be limitless as this innovation has come to stay and challenge most of these expensive pay TV options in the market.