How to Add a New Satellite to an FTA Receiver

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Adding a new satellite to a free-to-air satellite system is an easy way to get more TV and radio channels.

"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.

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To add another satellite to a free-to-air system you must have a multiple system with access to more than one satellite.


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.



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