Adding non-Freesat channels
The freesat menu only lists the channels who have chosen and paid to go onto the freesat EPG. There are many free to air channels on Astra 2 which simply don't appear but they can be added manually if you wish. The freesat receiver has a 'non-freesat' mode and tv and radio channels can be added and displayed. As an example, Sky News doesn't appear in the freesat EPG, so this is how it can be added to a freesat receiver. Firstly, you have to know the frequency, polarity and Symbol Rate of the channel that you want to add. You can get this from the Lyngsat website and there's a link at the bottom of this factsheet. Firstly, press MENU and select SETTINGS.
You now need to add the frequency, polarity and Symbol Rate for the channel that you want to find. In this example, I'm looking for Sky News, so I've entered 12207 under frequency, Vertical for polarity and 27500 for the Symbol Rate. All that information came off the Lyngsat website. The signal level and quality bars will go green if the information that you have entered is for a valid transponder.
The search for the channels was successful and you will see a thumbnail image of the channel ... in this case, Sky News ... appear on the screen. You can now EXIT out of this menu because the channel has been added.
You now have to instruct the freesat box to display the non-freesat channels and you do that by pressing MENU and then SETTINGS and then SHOW NON FREESAT CHANNELS ... you can choose Yes to display them or No for not to display them.
Press the Channel List button to see the list of freesat channels and then 'Swap' which will then change the screen to the non-freesat channels that you have added. By pressing 'Swap', you will toggle between the freesat and non-freesat channel lists.
The principle of adding non-Freesat channels is the same on all Freesat receivers although the actual menu structure will vary from model to model.
To find out which channels are free to air on Astra 2, have a look at the Lyngsat website by clicking here.