How to set up free to air channels on a DStv Explora Decoder

DStv Explora is a digital satellite tv decoder with DVB-S complaint. DStv Explorer decoder capable of opening pay tv channels which is primary purpose. Using DStv decoder to watch any free to air (FTA) Channels is secondary purpose. Here is how you can set up free to air channels on a DStv Explora Decoder.

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  1. On your A7 remote Blue DStv button to access DStv Central.
  2. Using the left and right navigational buttons, go to Settings.
  3. Use the up and down navigational buttons to find Satellite Settings.
  4. Navigate to Additional Networks and press OK. On the Additional Networks, there are Networks numbered from 1–5. Do not touch anything on Network 1. You will only start making changes from Network 2 down to Network 5.
  5. For IS20 Satellite, Apply the following on NETWORK 2:
FREQUENCY 11170
MODULATION DVB-S2
SYMBOL RATE 28750
FEC 3/4
POLARISATION Horizontal

Then apply Scan this (Scan all✖).

  • Making changes to NETWORK 3:
FREQUENCY 12562
MODULATION DVB-S
SYMBOL 30000
FEC 5/6
POLARISATION Horizontal

Apply Scan this✔ (Scan all✖)

  • Make the following changes to NETWORK 4:
FREQUENCY 12522
MODULATION DVB-S
SYMBOL 30000
FEC 3/4
POLARISATION Horizontal

Apply Scan this✔ (Scan all✖).

  • Apply these to NETWORK 5:
FREQUENCY 12543
SYMBOL RATE 41600
FEC 3/4
POLARISATION Vertical

Then Scan this✔ (Scan all✖)

STEP (for E36B satellite)

  • Apply the following on NETWORK 2:
FREQUENCY 11230
MODULATION DVB-S2
SYMBOL RATE 15000
FEC 3/5
POLARISATION Horizontal

Then apply Scan this (Scan all✖).

  • Making changes to NETWORK 3:
FREQUENCY 12073
MODULATION DVB-S
SYMBOL 27500
FEC 3/4
POLARISATION Vertical

Apply Scan this✔ (Scan all✖)

  • Make the following changes to NETWORK 4:
FREQUENCY 11938
MODULATION DVB-S
SYMBOL 27500
FEC 3/4
POLARISATION Horizontal

Apply Scan this✔ (Scan all✖).

  • Apply these to NETWORK 5:
FREQUENCY 12322
SYMBOL RATE 23438
FEC 2/3
POLARISATION Horizontal

Then Scan this✔ (Scan all✖)

STEP 6

Change from “My DStv Channels” to “All Channels.”

At this point your set-up is complete. You can now go ahead and select any channel you want to watch.