Receiving SES 5, Eutelsat 7A, Amos5 on one dish

Kenyan TV mux on free to air satellite is not a dream anymore

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Finally its happening, after a long time waiting we will have our own Kenyan Local TV stations on free to air satellite just like the Mena region has perfected in doing for decades.  The South Africans are ahead of us with Open view HD and so are the Zambians with Muvi TV. This is all thanks to iSat.

iSat, part of Wananchi Group, launched a subscription-free TV platform for Kenya on Eutelsat 70B satellite.

The new free-to-air transponder(s) on Eutelsat 70B will broadcast African and international digital channels in Kenya and across East Africa in order to accelerate the move towards a fully digital broadcasting environment in the region.

“We are delighted with our partnership with Eutelsat whereby iSAT provides complete technical platform and system integration for media houses and Eutelsat provides satellite capacity and video expertise,” commented Rakesh Kukreja, MD of iSAT Africa.

The biggest advantage of satellite is that it covers a very wide area unlike terrestrial transmission where transmitters have to be set up across the country. So wherever you live in Kenya provided your dish will have a clear unobstructed view of the sky, you will receive this satellite. Here is the proof, The African beam.

What do I need to receive the Kenyan Mux on Eutelsat 70B?

By the way Mux is a short form of multiplexer which is a device that combines multiple channels into one frequency. So the word Mux can loosely refer to a collection of channels. There is also an Ugandan Mux on free to air satellite too.

So you need:-

  • A 65cm offset satellite dish.
  • A standard LNB, I prefer the Stargold LNBs
  • A good length of quality coaxial cable and not forgetting a free to air satellite decoder.

Have all that equipment installed by a pro with the dish pointing towards 70.5 deg East. If your pro is such a pro then he/she can also nail Intelsat 20 positioned at 68.5 degrees East.  To increase chances of nailing the two sats with one dish then get a 90cm dish instead of a 65cm dish.  The decoder should also be an MPEG4 decoder because the format used is DVBS-2.

List of channels available

The channels are all housed on 11523 V 3332. Notice the low symbol rate? That means you need a quality decoder too. Try the Strong 4950H, it wont disappoint. There is also this other frequency 11057 v 29996 also part of the iSat package.

K24

GBS Kenya

Family TV

KTN

Ebru Africa

Plus more others to come soon (update me on the comments section too)

For the Intelsat 20 channels, they are more than 100 all on Ku band to be precise on the Europe and Africa footprint only.

What about the 10 deg East Kenyan Mux

Hmm there is also a collection of Kenyan, Ugandan and other Free TV channels on Eutelsat 10A located at 10 deg east. This satellite transmits C band frequencies and with C band you need at least a 2.4 Metres dish to receive this particular sat in East Africa. This gigantic dish costs around Ksh20,000.

Ouch!! So not unless you live in the middle of the Tsavo National park then just get the local channels on DVBT2 using a terrestrial decoder hooked to a normal antenna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Tonui

    You can get Kenyan Channels (KTN, K24 and Citizen) on Amos 5 (17 degrees East). It is better than Eutelsat 70B.

    • Its true but that frequency on Amos5 has sound breakage issues and the channels will one day be scrambled because they are on tests. As for Eutelsat 70B, the Kenyan mux is confirmed to stay plus more channels and radio stations will be included in the future.

      • John Murunga

        Hi Dominic true Our channels left Amos, on eutelsat70 gbs has left and k24 am getting sound but no pictures its now a week any suggestions

  • IOview

    Hi, you failed to mention that iSat package on 11057 is modulating on 8psk

    • techsawa

      Thanks for the update, I am sure the googlebots have picked it up already.

    • Thanks for the update IOview, much appreciated

  • gandaowino

    HI Domnic!Thanks for info u gave me on the kenyan mux.I already have my 90cm dish nailed on intelsat 20,currently viewing the mainy gospel channels on this footprint.Will i be needed to do any other adjustments to be able recieve the kenyan local tv.stations(gandaowino@yahoo.com

    • Hello, with your current setup, you will be able to receive both IS20 and Eutelsat70B, if not try and position your dish lower by a few millimetres.

  • Samuel Mwendwa

    I recently installed a 90cm dish combining with a 4922 STRONG reciever pointed to Nilesat (thought it can pick from about 4 other satellites). On checking out I found that some satellites are not on the preset list. For instance 17°E Amos 5 Isn’t listed.
    How can one go about dealing with that?

    • Go to new satellite and edit the name and orbital position in degree’s

      • Samuel Mwendwa

        Thanks Dominic, will check it out in the evening

        • Samuel Mwendwa

          Tried that and didn’t work. However, after contacting the decoder manufacturer they told me to download a software to update the database on device

  • Samuel Mwendwa

    Dominic, there is something I would like to understand. When you search a frequency, say 11766 H 27500 5/6 on Nilesat. I have noticed that a scan could pick some channels and be unable to pick others, picks Fox movies but not bbc yet both are on same frequency.
    What could it be that I am missing.

  • Hi, I’m planning to buy the openbox v8 combo box. however, I also need to buy a dish and a LNB but don’t know the prices of these two items. any advice on the most affordable dishes and LNB’s? Thanks.

    • A 90cm dish goes for around Ksh2500 and a single Stargold LNB is around Ksh300

      • Thanks..

        • so. can you please tell me which satellite offers the best free to air channels, whether or not they include local content.

  • Miller Odundo

    i need a 4×8 multiswitch urgently…does anyone have an idea where i can buy one?