Convert DSTV Decoders to Universal Receiver to Watch Any FTA Channels


DSTV decoders are high definition satellite TV receivers which are customized by the DSTV company to receive its channels only, thereby making the customers throw the DSTV decoder aside whenever they don’t have enough cash to subscribe for the expensive DSTV packages.

Moreover DSTV only offers free view of about 3 uninteresting channels after the expiration of its subscription but worry no more because today I am going to teach you how to utilize that DSTV decoders that you kept behind many years ago because of inability to buy DSTV packages; you will be able to track any free to air channel with your DSTV decoders after reading this post.

One of the greatest advantages of DSTV decoders is that almost all the devices are HD enabled which means you will enjoy more clarified pictures and sounds from the free to air channels on the decoders. Let’s not waste our time on explanations, follow every bit of below guides and enjoy.


How to Track Any Free to Air Channels On DSTV Decoders

  • Remove the ‘LNB in’ cable at the back of the DSTV decoder.
  • Switch ON the decoder and ignore the message on the TV screen telling you ‘there is no signal’.
  • Press the DSTV/MENU/Blue button on the decoder’s remote controller.
  • While on the menu, go to ‘SETTINGS’.
  • Select ‘NETWORK 1’.
  • Change ‘Enable Network’ to ‘YES’.
  • Now you will notice that other information in the network 1 window is editable.
  • Go to frequency and input the free to air satellite TV frequency you want to track.
  • Go to symbol rate and input the symbol rate digits.
  • Change the polarization to that of the satellite you want to track.
  • Go to the satellite dish and track for the signal.
  • After you must have received the signal; select ‘SCAN THIS’.
  • Wait for the scanning to complete.
  • Upon the completion of the scanning; press ‘221’ on the remote controller.
  • Press and go to the channel ‘GRID’ and you will see the free to air channels added to the list.
  • Select the channel you want to watch and enjoy.

You can use Disecq with DSTV decoder if you want to connect more than 1 satellite dish, but you must input the satellite you want to watch in Disecq 1 or A.

Readers Comments (14)

  1. I followed the steps and it scanned the channels but I could not find them on my channel list. I set the chennel list to all channels.
    I use DStv HD decoder.

    • After scanning press 221 or any non working channel number on your dstv remote, then go to the channel grid and you will see the new channels added after all the dstv channels.

      • Pls I fix all the settings but it refuse to scan just showing scanning but the home network still showing on top

        • Once you follow the above steps without skipping any, it must work. Tested and working!

          • But sir, there’s no place to tell us when to put back the cable to LNB IN from the instruction. please can you clarify that as i couldnt still get it even after using a strong decoder to track MULTI TV satellite on Astra 2F. thank you.

  2. The problem is i dont know how to track for the signal on the satelite dish

  3. can I use diseq for it

  4. can it work with star time decoder?

  5. Plz share the free to air codes are I can use to watch movie or sports


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