How to Add a New Satellite to an FTA Receiver

By Adrian Grahams

"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 motorized 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.

Things You'll Need

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

How to add a new satellite to a free-to-air satellite TV system

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 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."

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

Tips & 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 motorized dishes can take a few seconds to switch between satellites.
  • Always restart your satellite receiver after adding new satellites or scanning for new channels.