January 15, 2006

Free-to-air TV channels on PAS7/10 in South Africa

A while ago I posted a rite on how to receive Don't Panic TV, which was a channel broadcasting adult (XXX) programming to Southern Africa off PAS7/10. It was interesting, because when they weren't broadcasting shows, their encryption was off, and you could see their advertising card. Also, they came with 2 Italian music channels. Don't Panic TV are no more (for now).

However, there are a couple of free-to-air (FTA) Ku-band channels available off PAS7/10 in South Africa, as of this entry (check LyngSat for the latest details).

I've put all the settings I know about down here, with their appropriate tuning settings. Read below for directions. If the directions don't work for you, that's not my problem. Don't bother contacting me - I won't respond.

Channels available:


  • Sentech Vivid


    • SEN1-6, including Mindset Network channel 1 (education) and 2 (health), Jet TV.

    • PTV1-6 (some Nagravision-encrypted).

    • SABC1/2/3, e.tv (all Nagravision-encrypted).

    • LCN, Hope, Ps91, ITV, DTBC, God Channel, TCT, DayStar (free-to-air, religious).

    • Guide (interactive channel, probably won't work).

    • There are also some audio channels available (some free-to-air, some encrypted).


  • Botswana TV


    • BTV (free-to-air, general entertainment channel). There are multiple audio tracks on BTV, which sound like radio stations.


  • Fashion TV


    • FTV (free-to-air).


  • ManaSat


    • ManaSat 1 (religious, free-to-air, Portuguese, 2 audio tracks).

    • ManaSat 2 (religious, sometimes encrypted, Portuguese, 2 audio tracks).


  • Novacom


    • Novacom (test card).

    • DayStar, LoveWorld, God Channel (religious, free-to-air).

    • RTNC (free-to-air).

    • APNA (free-to-air).

    • BEStv (free-to-air).

    • Extreme Sports (free-to-air).


Directions:


  1. Using your remote control, press MENU.

  2. Now select ADVANCED OPTIONS, and press OK.

  3. Now select LNB CONFIGURATION, and press OK.

  4. Select LNB 1 SETUP, and press OK.

  5. Verify that LNB HI FREQUENCY is 10700. If it isn't, change it to 10700, and select ACCEPT THESE SETTINGS.

  6. Press EXIT.

  7. Now select DISH INSTALLATION, and press OK.

  8. Enter the PIN number 9949.

  9. Now select NETWORK CONFIGURATION and press OK.

  10. 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.


  11. 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]

    1. Signal Setup: Enabled

    2. Orbital Position: PAS7/10

    3. Use NIT: Yes

    4. Frequency: 10970

    5. Symbol Rate: 30000

    6. Polarisation: Vertical

    7. FEC: 5/6


  • Network 2 Setup [Sentech Vivid bouquet @ PAS 7/10]

    1. Signal Setup: Enabled

    2. Orbital Position: PAS7/10

    3. Use NIT: Yes

    4. Frequency: 11170

    5. Symbol Rate: 266652

    6. Polarisation: Vertical

    7. FEC: 5/6


  • Network 3 Setup [BTV @ PAS 7/10]

    1. Signal Setup: Enabled

    2. Orbital Position: PAS7/10

    3. Use NIT: Yes

    4. Frequency: 11625

    5. Symbol Rate: 15000

    6. Polarisation: Vertical

    7. FEC: 2/3


  • Network 4 Setup [FTV @ PAS 7/10]

    1. Signal Setup: Enabled

    2. Orbital Position: PAS7/10

    3. Use NIT: Yes

    4. Frequency: 12722

    5. Symbol Rate: 26657

    6. Polarisation: Horizontal

    7. FEC: 2/3


  • Network 5 Setup [ManaSat @ PAS 7/10]

    1. Signal Setup: Enabled

    2. Orbital Position: PAS7/10

    3. Use NIT: Yes

    4. Frequency: 12577

    5. Symbol Rate: 3378

    6. Polarisation: Vertical

    7. FEC: 3/4


  • Network 6 Setup [Novacom @ PAS 7/10]

    1. Signal Setup: Enabled

    2. Orbital Position: PAS7/10

    3. Use NIT: Yes

    4. Frequency: 12682

    5. Symbol Rate: 26657

    6. Polarisation: Horizontal

    7. FEC: 1/2


Scanning:


  1. Now press EXIT and go to the DISH INSTALLATION menu again.

  2. Select SCAN ALL NETWORKS.

  3. Your decoder will now attempt to scan and add all the channels.

  4. Once it has tuned and returned to normal viewing mode, press the TV button to display the bouquet list.

  5. Select the last option (Public PAS7/10).

  6. 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).

  7. Pressing the AUDIO button will switch to the public audio bouquet. You may find many South African radio stations here.

Notes:


  1. Some of these channels are encrypted.

  2. 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.

  3. Your installation may not be capable of tuning into these settings.

  4. Do this while watching an decrypted channel on DStv (e.g. channel 4).

  5. You need to have your smart card inserted.

  6. 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.

  7. These settings work for me, on my Dual View decoder, as of this date.

  8. If they don't work on your decoder, that's your problem, not mine.

  9. If you mess up your decoder, that's your problem, not mine. Select RESET TO FACTORY DEFAULTS and reboot.

Posted by rory at 03:00 PM

More TV is never a bad thing

Africa's only pay-TV network, DStv could face competition for the first time this year if an application for a rival continent-wide station based in Botswana gets the go-ahead.

The venture, which would be called Black Entertainment Satellite Television or BEStv, would initially offer viewers between five and ten channels and cost less than R100 a month.

Andrew Jones, spokesperson for the venture, said once in place, the company planned to upgrade to a service that would offer viewers a sampling of between 100 and 300 new channels not available on DStv with no significant rate increase.

"How we will do it and what exactly we will offer remains of course a trade secret. However, we are 100 percent confident that what we want to do can be done," he said in statement.

It's that use of the word 'sampling', and the fact that I know what it takes to put one single channel on air, that makes me slightly suspicious of their claims of "between 100 and 300 new channels"...

Posted by rory at 12:35 PM

January 14, 2006

GLA - loud and discredited

It's amazing how much press coverage an utterly discredited organisation can garner.

David has some more snippets/comments about the GLA.

Posted by rory at 11:19 PM

January 12, 2006

Release of Psi-0.10

Psi Psi-0.10 has been released.

Posted by rory at 08:48 AM

January 11, 2006

Happy psychadelic birthday!

So, two cool people share their birthday today. Albert Hofmann, father of LSD (turns 100), and me (turns 32).

Posted by rory at 08:32 AM

January 01, 2006

ritual salutations

Go on. Perform a New Year rite. You know you want to.

Posted by rory at 12:00 AM