Other satellite channels available in NZ

There are quite a number of channels other than the Freeview ones available from a satellite dish in New Zealand. A large number of these are foreign language channels, or religious (predominantly Christian). Most of these channels are on a different satellite to those used by Sky (Optus D1 & C1) and Freeview (Optus D1) which means that you will need to do one of three things – re-align your existing dish (losing the Sky and Freeview channels on D1), install a second dish (not always practicable, and usually unsightly), or get a setup that allows use of all the satellites at once. There are also other channels available from other satellites, but those generally require larger dishes (1m – 3m) and most are C band.

Satellite positions (degrees from true North, not magnetic North given)

  • Optus D1 – 160.0°E (Sky and Freeview)
  • Optus C1 – 156.0°E (Sky)
  • Optus D2 – 152.0°E (previously B3)
  • IntelSat 5 – 169.0°E (C band)

A multi satellite dish setup can vary quite a bit. A dual LNB can be used, most only have a 4° separation on the throats however (like the Sky Dual LNBs), which doesn’t allow for use with Freeview and the channels on D2. Some do have an 8° separation, but the ones we’ve tried have not worked well with a 60cm Sky dish, and will require the use of a larger dish. The best setup we’ve found uses multiple single LNBs in a specially designed holder. These are available in different varieties, a twin LNB setup with 8° separation, and a triple LNB setup with 4° between each one. These do require a larger dish in order to get good signal levels on all LNBs.

For Freeview and the D2 channels a twin setup with a simple 22KHz switch is perfect as a single decoder can be used for all channels, and can automatically change between the LNBs by outputting a 22KHz tone through the cable to the dish. If more than one decoder is used with this setup however a multi-switch is required to be able to use the two LNBs simultaneously (if one decoder is set to a Freeview Channel, and another to a D2 channel for instance).

We also have available a quad LNB setup on a 1.2m C band dish that can receive D1, D2, C1 and IntelSat 5. This is available as either a ground mount, or pole mount (can be roof mounted).

Available TV and radio channels

The list below has the transponder frequency and polarity as well as the symbol rates for those who are trying to set their decoders to receive these channels. Some channels may not be available to all systems (those on the vertical polarity when using a multi-switch for example).

Optus D2

Transponder Freq & Polarity Channel Name Symbol Rate & FEC
12394 V The Goanna 22500 3/4
12407 V Aurora Tuning Info 30000 2/3
Sport 927 30000 2/3
12425 H Aghapy TV 22500 3/4
Telepace 22500 3/4
CTV (Egypt) 22500 3/4
12519 V Supreme Master TV 22500 3/4
Apostolic Oneness Network 22500 3/4
12546 V GlobeCast Australia 22500 3/4
RTS Satelit 22500 3/4
3ABN International 22500 3/4
NHK World TV 22500 3/4
Al-Iraqiya TV 22500 3/4
Radio Mir Medjugorje 22500 3/4
3ABN Radio 22500 3/4
12608 H Ishtar TV 22500 3/4
Kurdistan TV 22500 3/4
Satellite Community TV 22500 3/4
12644 V TBN Asia-South Pacific 22500 3/4
JCTV 22500 3/4
The Church Channel 22500 3/4
Smile of a Child TV 22500 3/4
God TV Australasia 22500 3/4
Daystar TV 22500 3/4
Inspiration Network International 22500 3/4
EWTN Pacific Rim 22500 3/4
BVN TV Australië 22500 3/4
TRT Türk 22500 3/4
Raw FM 22500 3/4
TRT FM 22500 3/4
Voice of Turkey World 22500 3/4
TSR 22500 3/4
RNW 1 22500 3/4
RNW 2 22500 3/4
RNW 3 22500 3/4
Radio Vlaanderen Info 22500 3/4
The Overcomer 22500 3/4
Vietnamese Radio Australia 22500 3/4
MR 1 Kossuth 22500 3/4
Tamil Radio 22500 3/4
12671 H 2ME Radio 22500 3/4
12706 V CGN TV 22500 3/4
Press TV 22500 3/4
Al-Forat Satellite TV Channel 22500 3/4
Hope Channel International 22500 3/4
Radio France Internationale 22500 3/4
Cro National Radio 22500 3/4
12706 H UBI World TV Info Channel 22500 3/4
Tele Padre Pio 22500 3/4
Dhamma Media Channel 22500 3/4
Voice of Charity 22500 3/4
12734 V Deepam TV 22500 3/4
Deepam TV 22500 3/4
Abu Dhabi Al Oula Europe 22500 3/4
Oman TV Satellite 22500 3/4
KurdSat 22500 3/4
Türkplus 22500 3/4
Thai TV Global Network 22500 3/4
ERT World 22500 3/4
TVR International 22500 3/4
Duna II 22500 3/4
Russia Today English 22500 3/4
2CR China Radio Network 22500 3/4
Emarat FM 22500 3/4
Radio Oman 22500 3/4
94 EFM 22500 3/4
NET 105.8 22500 3/4
România în direct 22500 3/4
Kiss FM (Australia) 22500 3/4
ATBC 22500 3/4
UCB Australia 22500 3/4

IntelSat 5

Transponder Freq & Polarity Channel Name Symbol Rate & FEC
4160 V Australia Network Pacific 26479 3/4
BBC World News 26479 3/4
This list was correct at the time of publication. An up-to-date list can be found at LyngSat’s site

Available TV and radio channels on Optus C1

At present there are no free to air channels operating off C1 that are available in NZ other than a test channel. Australian channels on this satellite for Foxtel and SBS are encrypted.