How to get TV channels for free using a satellite dish

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How to get TV channels for free using a satellite dish

We will explain here how you can get TV channels for free using a satellite dish in case we want to get rid of our cable provider and get rid of paying a subscription.

In case we have some free time and we can get over the commodity of having the satellite dish installed by the service provider, we can manage ourselves the TV antenna installation.

In order to get free TV channels using a satellite dish (DTH) we need the following:

  • satellite dish (antenna): the antenna can be over 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter or under 1 meter (3 feet), the bigger the better;
  • LNB (one or more outputs depending on the number of TV sets we want to use inside), we can have single-LNBs or multi-LNBs (dual-LNB or even quad-LNB);
  • receiver (decoder), preferably to be bought from a TV/media store (not from a cable/service provider);
  • dish TV cable and connectors (the TV cable length depends on the distance between the satellite dish and the receiver/TV set);

How to install the satellite dish (DTH) to receive channels for free?

To receive signal from a satellite, the antenna installation can be done using one of the following methods:

  • fixed installation;
  • install the satellite dish using a motorised system;

In case we do not have any experience installing a satellite dish, it is recommended to use an HH motor mount, as it is the easiest method. This motorised system rotates automatically the dish according to the satellite from which we want to receive TV signal, depending on the satellite we configured to be searched on the receiver.

The antenna rotation is fast (around 20-30 seconds) and silent depending on the distance between the initial satellite and the destination one. Using a satellite we can receive from tens to thousand of TV channels, depending on the satellite.

Which are the costs to receive channels for free using a satellite dish?

Although the TV channels we will receive are free to air (FTA), therefore we don’t have to pay something for them, we will have to invest a small amount of money for the equipment we need to receive the channels. We will have to invest in the beginning somewhere between $100 – $300 but after this we will not pay a subscription, therefore the investment will be recovered in time.

How to install the satellite dish (DTH) to receive channels for free?

In order to get free channels using a satellite dish, we would need the following:

  • a satellite dish with the radius of minimum 0.8-0.9 meters (minimum 3 feet), the bigger the better; prices start from around $11 and can be up to $30;
  • an universal LNB – price can be around $17;
  • TV cable, length depends on the distance between the satellite dish and receiver; price can be around a quarter / meter (3.3 feet);
  • a DVB-S2 satellite receiver – price can be between $60 – $75; if we already have a TV set with a DVB-S2 receiver we don’t need a separate receiver, we can use the one included in the TV set; some of the best satellite receivers are Amiko;
  • an H-H motor system which allows rotating the antenna according to the configured satellite on the receiver; this motor systems costs around $50 – $75;

The equipments can be bought from a TV/media store or online.

After we acquired the equipments described above, we need to install the satellite dish, to install the TV cable and configure the receiver depending on the satellite we want to receive signal from. In order to install the satellite dish and cable we can ask a DTH technician in case we don’t know how to do it.

We recommend the satellite Hotbird Eutelsat, in general SES Astra satellites but it depends on the country we want to receive the free channels. If you want us to recommend a satellite, please leave a comment mentioning the country where you want to install the satellite dish.

Important! Before proceeding to install a satellite dish, make sure your country does not have any law against installing satellite dishes. 

If you have questions regarding the installation, configuration, the devices used or any other question, please leave a comment.

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4 COMMENTS

    • Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any information regarding satellited for TV in Maldives and I can’t test this myself as I’m not from the Maldives.