Are you looking for free-to-air channels in Nigeria? Well, look no further. This article will explain what an FTA Channel is and how you can find them. We will also provide you a list of all their frequencies, so you can gain access to all the FTA satellites you like!
What is an FTA Channel and How do I receive it?
As you can guess from the title of this article, FTA stands for Free to Air. Unlike other television services, such as DSTV and MYTV, FTA satellites don’t come with a subscription price. All you have to do is to pay once for the equipment and the installation, and that’s it! Another benefit of choosing to watch free-to-air channels is that they don’t require multiple decoders. With the right knowledge, you can watch numerous satellites with just one.
The type of FTA channels you will locate depends on the size of the dish you have and also in the direction it’s pointed at. If you want to receive a bigger number of channels, we recommend using a larger dish (at least 1.8 m) with a C-band.
Just keep in mind, that most channels you will get may not be particularly exciting. But if you take into account that you only pay once and have such a broad choice, it’s definitely worth it. Especially, if you factor in that the number of free to air channels increases by the month.
Here is what you need to prepare yourself for FTA satellite receiving:
- Money for the equipment;
- A Satellite Dish;
- A Decoder;
- Radio Frequency cables.
The installation process is easy and straightforward and can be done using only the manual that comes with the equipment. Although getting all the channels you want requires practice or a professional installer.
Free to Air Channels in Nigeria
Nigeria is famous for being the first African country to incorporate television broadcasting on its lands. The first signals were sent back in 1959. Fast-forward to 2017 and Nigeria has the biggest television network on the continent with over a hundred channels. Dozens of those channels are on free-to-air television stations.
The Free to Air channel industry is constantly evolving, and 2017 is an especially important year in this regard. Thus, CWG in partnership with SES is in the process of creating the premier FTA DHT platform. This will help to bring the quality TV to millions of houses in Nigeria. It will be launched in the last quarter of this year and will be situated on the ASTRA 2F satellite, bringing all the latest free to air channels to your home.
Before we get to the more complicated satellite searches, here’s a list of the basic free-to-air stations in Nigeria.
- Galaxy TV
- Channels TV
- Silverbird TV
- Super Screen
Besides the primary TV stations, there are also numerous satellites you can catch to find more exciting channels. If you are ready to dedicate enough time and patience to locate all the best satellites, you will never regret leaving paid TV.
Now we can talk about specific satellites and how to find them.
Frequencies of Available Free to Air Channels in Nigeria
As we mentioned above, if you live in Nigeria and you have either a 0.6-0.9 or a 1.8 m dish, and a proper decoder, you can gain access to top-quality television packages.
Here’s a list of the latest free to air satellites that will broaden your choice of channels:
- Mega Choice at 29/30° East TP: 11294 H: 45000 Dish: 1 m
- Multi TV (Astra2F) at 28.2°, 28.5° and 26° East TP: 11595 H: 30000 Dish: 1 m
- 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
The most interesting of these are the MultiTV (Astra2F) and Amos (Eutelsat16A) satellites. The expanding CWG platform situated on the ASTRA 2F satellite can be found at 28.2° East. It already has an interesting collection of options, and by the end of the year, it will become the place to be for FTA TV. Here are just some of the channels included on this satellite – Star TV, ITV, EATV, Channel Ten, Star Music, France 24 English, Emmanuel TV, Star Movies +, Sky Vision etc.
Amos (ABS) includes some of the best TV programs available to date. Channels that can be found here include Wap TV, TVC Entertainment, Channels TV, Starmovies, African Movie Net etc. Eutelsat 7A mostly consists of African channels and is mainly running Nollywood film strips. Intelsat7 satellite contains over a hundred Christian channels, and all of them are free.
As you can see, the range of TV stations available in free to air format is astonishing. All you have to do is reach out, and you will have an infinite amount of channels to choose from, as the list will only grow in size with time.