How to Set Up Free to Air TV

By Christian Mullen

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Satellite Dish

  • Receiver

  • Coaxial Cables

Although there are satellite services available that cost quite a bit monthly, you can also set up a satellite to receive free TV programming that is completely legal. By purchasing a receiver and a satellite dish on your own, you can receive your choice of over 3,000 unencrypted, free TV stations from all over the world. Setting up your dish is easy with online tools to help you point it in the right direction; modern receivers can pick up and organize the channels that you are capable of receiving. Free-to-air TV is a great alternative to commercial satellite companies such as DirecTV and Dish Network, who use encrypted signals and charge customers monthly fees for access to their programming.

Purchase a dish to receive your free to air TV, making sure that you have a clear view of the southern sky for transmission. Free to air TV is free TV available for those who are facing the southern sky who own a satellite dish to receive their programming and is perfectly legal.

Determine the channels you wish to receive; there are over 3,000 available free channels broadcast in many languages. You can get channel lists online and set the dish to the angle dictated by the satellite's location. You can find this information at the Sadoun Satellite Sales website.

Place your dish in an area where you can reach it in case you must remove debris or snow from it for it to work properly. The FCC allows you to install a dish on your property without restrictions. If you are in an apartment or condo, you can install your dish in an exclusive area such as a balcony or patio.

Purchase your receiver. This is the key component to your free to air TV, as it translates the signal to information that is displayed on your TV. There are many companies who make these receivers, and you can buy them online at satellite sales web stores and have it shipped directly to you for your free to air system.

Allow your receiver to blind scan the channels that are available from the satellite at which you are pointed. The receiver will pick up all the channels that are being broadcast. You can choose to receive programming from anywhere in the world, and there are over 3,000 free to air channels available for your viewing.