I recently subscribed to Dream satellite TV and I discovered that it is possible to tune the set-top box (STB) that came with it to receive free-to-air (FTA) programs being broadcast on the other transponders of the Agila 2 satellite where Dream’s service is being transmitted.
My current setup is made up of a Homecast eM-150US receiver hooked up to a 60 cm. satellite dish with a universal Ku-band LNB pointed to Agila 2 [I also have another dish pointed to Eutelsat W5, but that's another story - Ed.] with so at the moment I can only receive such FTA programs being broadcast on that satellite’s Ku-band transponders. There are other FTA programs available on C-band, but that requires the installation of another, larger satellite dish and a LNB for proper reception, so this discussion will limit itself to just the plain-vanilla Dream satellite TV setup.
I first consulted the Lyngsat website in order to obtain the parameters to be able to tune in to the exact frequencies for the FTA programs on Agila 2’s Ku-band transponders. After some trial and error, I discovered three frequencies that delivered the goods:
- Frequency: 12253
Symbol Rate: 2400
- Frequency: 12501
Symbol rate: 30000
- Frequency: 12544
Symbol rate: 21428
- Frequency: 12661
Symbol rate: 26040
- Frequency: 12647
Symbol rate: 4284
You can watch the Taiwanese Christian religious broadcaster Good TV 2 on this frequency. Chinese-language programs are the norm here, with the occasional English-language show thrown in.
Together with 12601(V), Pol. 30000, FEC 3/4, these are the parameters of Taiwanese direct-to-home broadcaster 146Sky. Almost all of its channels are encrypted except for a barker channel, and one showing ETTV Drama, and another containing programming from the Tzu Chi Foundation.
This bouquet contains the following free-to-air (FTA) channels like The Karaoke Channel, MAX TV, UniversiTV, and the AMA University distance-learning channel; and two audio-only channels like Magic 89.9 and RJ 100.3. Flip TV which used to be FTA is now encrypted.
This bouquet also contains a bunch of radio channels: GV FM 99.1 and GV AM 792 broadcasting out of Angeles City, Pampanga, Catholic broadcaster Radio Maria, and surprise, surprise, RJ 100.3 once again.
This combination will allow you to receive the following religious channels: the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) as well as TBN affiliates JCTV, The Church Channel, and Smile of a Child. Independent religious broadcasters God’s Learning Channel and The Overcomer Ministry [Audio only - Ed.] are also included in this bouquet.