There are entertaining channels you could tune in to for free. These are Free to Air (FTA) channels which you can view without having to spend money on the pay TV packages like DsTv, GoTV, Star Times or Kwese TV.
The increasing cost of pay TV subscription has made these FTA channels increasingly popular among viewers in Nigeria. For instance, the Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) partnered with the world-leading satellite operator, SES, to launch Nigeria’s first free-to-air (FTA) DTH digital TV platform which had the goal of quickening the digital migration for local and international broadcasters and to reach millions of homes in West Africa quickly and economically. This platform was launched on the SES’s ASTRA 2F satellite at 28.2° E and it will begin service in the last quarter of 2018.
Presently, SES transmits 28 FTA channels at the 28.2 degrees East neighbourhood and its partnership with CWG would provide growth opportunities to both local and international broadcasters across the region.
Furthermore, the platform will allow for end-to-end contribution, ground and space services to local, regional, national and international TV broadcasters across West Africa. Also, this partnership will enable SES deliver the space segment and specific ground services while CWG provides high operational standards as an SES partner. An important fact to note is that the 28.2 degrees East orbital position is SES’s prime orbital position for West Africa and its FTA with its reach among the highest in the region.
There is a wide range of options for interested viewers to enjoy numerous free-to-air channels. This interesting piece posted on Nigerianfinder provides details of FTA channels installation process, including the satellites and the frequencies where these channels are situated.
Firstly, the size of your dish as well as the direction in which the dish is pointed play essential roles in determining the FTA channels you can locate. This is why having a larger dish is recommended if you want a larger selection of channels. This invariably requires that you get a dish that is at least 1.8 m with a C band.
Below are the hardware requirements for FTA channels prior to the installation process
- Dish (90cm or 60cm). You can track multiple satellites using one dish thereby getting more FTA channels. This is done by using multiple LNB on one dish.
- KU band LNB;
- Quality HD and MPEG 4 satellite receivers;
- Radio Frequency cables and;
- A Decoder
To avoid getting swindled by people hawking fake decoders you need to make enquiries so as to get authentic ones. For instance, Alphabox Decoder is a good decoder option you can rely on. It costs between N8000 and N10000. There are also good options such as Qsat, Freesat and Viewsat decoders for free-to-air channels. The prices of these decoders range between N9000 and N10000. It is always safer to contact a reliable installer that will help you purchase these items in addition to installing them so as to ensure you done buy fake ones.
Users of FTA decoders in Nigeria will enjoy many local channels because this country has one of the biggest TV networks on the continent with over 100 channels. Some of these channels include AIT, Galaxy TV, Channels TV, Arise TV, Silverbird TV, NTA, LTV, IBC, TVC, MBI, Super Screen, MITV, AKBC, ABS, ITV and COOL-TV.
Below is a list of the latest free to air satellites and the dish size you should could consider during the process of installation:
- 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
You can find very interesting channels on the MultiTV (Astra2F) and Amos (Eutelsat16A) satellites. The expanding CWG platform situated on the ASTRA 2F satellite can be found at 28.2° East. Among the channels included on this satellite are as follows – Star TV, ITV, EATV, Channel Ten, Star Music, France 24 English, Emmanuel TV, Star Movies +, Sky Vision etc. Furthermore, Amos (ABS) includes some of the best TV programs available to date. The channels you can find on this satellite include the likes of Wap TV, TVC Entertainment, Channels TV, Starmovies, African Movie Net etc.
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You can also go for Eutelsat 7A which is another interesting option. It is comprised mainly of African channels and Nollywood channels which air interesting local movies. There is also the Intelsat7 satellite which has over a hundred Christian channels, and all of them are free. You also need to note that there are FTA channels that are permanently free and those that are only temporarily free.
Basically, free-to-air channels offer a great deal of entertainment, informative and educative programmes you could enjoy, especially realizing you are getting such programmes for free. You even have such channels airing live sports games such as soccer (EPL, La liga, UEFA champion league and the FIFA World Cup) which are a delight to numerous viewers. Just make sure you identify the best option and you can enjoy programmes for free.