List of free to air satellite channels receivable on a 65cm Zuku dish

This article is also in response to one of my readers on the topic of Free to Air satellite channels available in Kenya. I had pointed out which satellites are receivable using the smallest size 65cm dish namely, Intelsat 20, NSS 12, Amos 5 and SES 5 and Eutelsat 7A.  These satellites have so much power and that’s why they are easily receivable across Africa using the small 65cm size dish. You can buy such a satellite dish at the cost of around Ksh1200 in Nairobi, Thika, Mombasa or any other town for that matter.

The 65cm dish is the size of dish that Zuku uses. Can I use a Zuku dish to receive free to air satellite channels? Yes you can, it’s an ordinary reflector incorporating a normal LNB. As a matter of fact, the Zuku LNB’s are much sought after because of their reputation of being the best standard LNB’s. Can I use a Zuku decoder to receive free to air channels on satellite? No, you will have to buy an MPEG 4 Free to air satellite decoder because the normal Zuku decoder is programmed to receive only the Zuku bouquet. There are many Free to Air satellite decoder brands in the market like Technosat, Astrovox, Strong, recently added Thyword among others. If you have the money then you can buy a Digital Intergrated TV which supports Free to Air Satellite reception. Hmmmmm Digital Integrated TV's in Kenya, are they worth buying?

Now this is the list of channels you can get. I have not listed all the channels available but only those available in the English and Swahili Languages only.
The first satellite is SES 5 positioned at 5 degrees east.  The second satellite is Eutelsat 7A positioned at 7 degrees east.  These two satellites have very strong beams and also very close together that they can be received using only one satellite dish and one LNB. Here are the channels available on these two satellites:-

Zuku Zone
Zuku Action +1
Guest channel from Zuku
Zuku Max HD
Russia Today
NHK World SD
France 24 English
CCTV 9 Documentary
CCTV News
I24 News English
DW TV
Muvi TV Africa Unite TV
Muvi Combo
Muvi MUVIZ
Muvi Nyimbo
Muvi Prism Africa
Africa TV Swahili

The next Satellite is Amos 5 positioned at 17 degrees east. Here are the channels available on this satellite:-

UBC
RR SAT Promo
Quest
Qube TV
Oromia TV
Monetmart TV
One Mic
NTA INTL
Kwanza
Kennis music
Juke Box
Gamzaki
France 24 English
Fire TV
Faaj
EWTN
Dream God TV
DAAR Star Express
CTN
Chanel Ten
Bride TV
Atn
Apostolic Church
Angel TV Africa
Aljazeera
Al Afriky TV
AIT Sports
AIT Parliamentary
AIT News
AIT Intl
ABC

Notice how these channels are arranged in alphabetical order from backwards. Anyway moving on the next satellite is NSS12 positioned at 57 degrees east. This was the satellite that Zuku migrated from to what they are now currently using SES 5. There is only one channel on this satellite and that is:-

K24 – Our very local station from mediamax. This is the only easily receivable Kenyan channel on free to air satellite on Ku Band. Accompanied by K24 is a Kenyan Radio channel Mux. There are some channels you can receive on this position but you require a 90cm dish. The said channels like Sports Hub, ES TV among others are on another satellite, Yamal and are currently on tests. I will update you once they are fully operational.

The next satellite is Intelsat 20 positioned at 68.5 degrees east. This is primarily a Christianity dominated satellite.  Here are the channels available on this satellite:-

WRS
Wap TV
UBN
TVC News
Success
Spirit World
Son Life
Shot One TV
School on air
RTM
RAK TV
Prophetic TV
Press TV
Praise TV
PBN
Omega
Olive TV
New frontiers TV
My TV Promo
Miracle TV
Messiah
Mercy TV
Manifestation
Madani Channel
Loveworld Plus
Liberation
KLN
JCC
I film English
ITVN
Inspiration TV] Hosanna Healing Centre TV
Hope channel
Hope Centre TV
God TV
GMTV
Fire TV
Favour TV
Emmanuel TV
 EL Shaddai
Dunamis
Dove Vision
Digha
CVV
CTL Africa
Christ TV Co.
Chosen TV
Champions TV
Celebration
BTV
Blessing TV
Believe TV
BETV
BCS TV
ATV
Angel TV
Acts TV
ACNN
ACBN

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Written by Gichane
Thursday, May 29, 2014