FTA (Free-To-Air) Channels on DSTV decoder

Follow the instructions below and you will soon have the Public IS7 bouquet of DSTV decoder filled with channels. Bear in mind that most are christian channels, with at least 2 news channels - PRESS TV, F24 and 1 decent Botswana TV and soon to launch Gau TV. Cutting long story short here is the instructions below, it should apply for most DSTV decoders, with FTA decoder just run blindscan.



Please Note: Decoder model 1110 to latest keep settings permanently but earlier models loses them when the power to decoder goes off, so you will have to manually set them again.

Directions:

    Using your remote control, press MENU.
    Now select ADVANCED OPTIONS, and press OK.
    Now select LNB CONFIGURATION, and press OK. applies to earlier models
    Select LNB 1 SETUP, and press OK. applies to earlier models
    Verify that LNB HI FREQUENCY is 10700. If it isn't, change it to 10700, and select ACCEPT THESE SETTINGS. applies to earlier models
    Press EXIT. applies to earlier models
    Now select DISH INSTALLATION, and press OK.
    Enter the PIN number 9949.
    Now select NETWORK CONFIGURATION and press OK. applies to earlier models
    Select each network setup from this screen, and enter the settings as below.
        The first option is only there for reference. You should not change settings in the home network.
        At each point, you may wish to select VIEW SIGNAL STRENGTH to check if that signal is valid for your installation.
        Select ACCEPT THESE SETTINGS for each network setup when you are done.
    If your decoder does not give you any options and goes straight to the parameter input menu then you have a decoder with old software. You will only be able to have either DStv or another FTA bouquet, one at a time.

Network setup details:

    Network 1 Setup (home) [DStv South Africa @ PAS 7/10]
        Signal Setup: Enabled
        Orbital Position: PAS7/10
        Use NIT: Yes
        Frequency: 10970
        Symbol Rate: 30000
        Polarisation: Vertical
        FEC: 5/6

    Network 2 Setup [Sentech Vivid bouquet @ PAS 7/10]
        Signal Setup: Enabled
        Orbital Position: PAS7/10
        Use NIT: Yes
        Frequency: 11170
        Symbol Rate: 266652
        Polarisation: Vertical
        FEC: 5/6

    Network 3 Setup [BTV @ PAS 7/10]
        Signal Setup: Enabled
        Orbital Position: PAS7/10
        Use NIT: Yes
        Frequency: 11625
        Symbol Rate: 15000
        Polarisation: Vertical
        FEC: 2/3

    Network 4 Setup [FTV @ PAS 7/10]
        Signal Setup: Enabled
        Orbital Position: PAS7/10
        Use NIT: Yes
        Frequency: 12722
        Symbol Rate: 26657
        Polarisation: Horizontal
        FEC: 2/3

    Network 5 Setup [ManaSat @ PAS 7/10]
        Signal Setup: Enabled
        Orbital Position: PAS7/10
        Use NIT: Yes
        Frequency: 12577
        Symbol Rate: 3378
        Polarisation: Vertical
        FEC: 3/4

    Network 6 Setup [Novacom @ PAS 7/10]
        Signal Setup: Enabled
        Orbital Position: PAS7/10
        Use NIT: Yes
        Frequency: 12682
        Symbol Rate: 26657
        Polarisation: Horizontal
        FEC: 1/2

Scanning:

    Now press EXIT and go to the DISH INSTALLATION menu again.
    Select SCAN ALL NETWORKS.
    Your decoder will now attempt to scan and add all the channels.
    Once it has tuned and returned to normal viewing mode, press the TV button to display the bouquet list.
    Select the last option (Public PAS7/10).
    You are now in the public TV bouquet. Scroll through the available channels, which will appear in the order of network setup (DStv test     channels, Sentech channels, BTV, FTV, ManaSat, Novacom).
    Pressing the AUDIO button will switch to the public audio bouquet. You may find many South African radio stations here.

Notes:

    Some of these channels are encrypted.
    There's really nothing here for free worth more than you're paying for it. :) You'll see that if you want premium channels, your DStv subscription is the way to go.
    Your installation may not be capable of tuning into these settings.
    Do this while watching an decrypted channel on DStv (e.g. channel 4).
    You need to have your smart card inserted.
    To enter a 4-digit symbol rate, place the cursor on the line, press the 0 (zero) key on your remote control, then press OK, then enter the 4 digit number, then press OK.
    These settings work for me, on my Dual View decoder, as of this date.
    If they don't work on your decoder, that's your problem, not mine.
    If you mess up your decoder, that's your problem, not mine. Select RESET TO FACTORY DEFAULTS and reboot.

Source: http://rory.sharp.fm/rites/2006/01/freetoair_tv_channels_on_pas71.html

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