The principle is very simple. Multi TV signals reach your decoder
from a satellite called Astra 2B, located at 28.2°E. Multi Tv is not
the only broadcaster on that satellite. There are a few others.
Following the steps enumerated below, you would be tweaking your Multi
TV decoder to recognize those other signals so you can enjoy the other
To start: You need a fully installed Multi TV system.
- Press MENU on your MultiTV remote control
- Select INSTALLATION
- Select EDIT SATELLITE
- Click on the Yellow button to "Add” a new satellite. A new dialog box should appear titled "Add Satellite”.
- Fill the "Add Satellite” box using the information below and then select YES:
- Satellite: Astra 2B
- Longitude: 101 E
- Frequency: 12572
- Symbol Rate: 2854
- Polarization: V (Press the Right button to change the polarization from H to V)
- Astra 2B should now appear in the list of Satellites under the EDIT SATELLITE menu. Select Astra 2B and press OK.
- Under EDIT TRANSPONDER, Press the Yellow button and enter the follow values on step at a time:
Frequency Symbol Rate Polarization
12572 2854 V
12599 3250 V
12729 2725 V
- Press Exit twice.
- Press Menu > Installation > Install Satellite > Green Button (Scan)
- You should now see 13 TV and 9 Radio stations. That’s it!
In addition to the 10 TV and 7 Radio channels from Multi TV, the following are available when you follow the steps above.
- GTV (Ghana TV): the state-owned broadcaster that offers general programming including news, sports, music, movies, and more.
- CRTV: a Christian-themed TV station that offers news, documentaries, movies and more
- LTM TV: A Cameroonian TV station that offers news & entertainment in both English and French.
- Uniiq (FM) Accra: A radio service offered by
state-owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). It features news,
entertainment, government propaganda and more.
- Royal Radio: A Christian-themed radio service offering general Christian programming, especially music.
Ghanaians abroad are keen to stay in touch with social and political
affairs back home. Some relatively comfortable Ghanaians within Ghana
live outside the urban areas, deep in the rural parts. Friends of Ghana
living in nearby countries who are interested in following news and
entertainment from Ghana. These three groups of people are not covered
by terrestrial TV signals from the transmitters of the local
free-to-air TV stations in Ghana. Over the years, the main free-to-air
TV stations in Ghana have extended their signals to most parts of the
ten administrative regions of Ghana, many are still left out. Satellite
was the next logical step.
The TV stations went on satellite for two main reasons, I believe:
- to relay their signals to their remotely-located TV transmitters in Ghana
- to reach viewers in hinterlands and outside Ghana
Find below a list of the Ghanaian TV stations available on satellite:
GTV (Ghana TV) is the national public broadcaster, run by the Ghana
Broadcasting Corporation. It lays claim to covering 98% of Ghana’s
airwaves. By law it is compelled to reach every nook and cranny of
GTV is presently available on 3 satellites:
- Eutelsat W4 – through Multichoice Africa (popularly known as DSTV), GTV is available to DSTV subscribers in Ghana only.
To connect, simply contact your local authorized DSTV installer as this
is a closed system and only DSTV decoders + smart card can decode the
- Astra 2B at 28.2°E – [update] Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) now beams GTV and Uniiq FM to the world on Astra 2B.
- Intelsat 903 at 34.5°W – home to several other
free-to-air African TV stations, Intelsat 903 hosts GTV’s satellite
signal. GTV’s signal on this satellite is beamed mainly on to Europe,
fringes of North Africa and Asia.
A partnership between the government of Ghana and a private entity,
Metro TV (Metropolitan Television) was the first Ghanaian TV station to
go on satellite, a few years ago and has since been followed by many
Metro TV is available on 2 satellites:
- NSS 10 at 37.5°W – with a large footprint over
Africa, the Middle East and Europe, NSS 10 brings Metro TV closer to
billions of people across 3 continents. It is advisable to seek the
services of a professional satellite TV installer. If you can get your
hands dirty, do the following: Install a 3.2 meter C-Band dish and
point it to Satellite NSS 10 at 37.5 degrees west. Using the remote
control, tune your decoder to satellite NSS 10 using Frequency
3,804.9965mhz. Add these parameters: FEC: 7/8 SR: 2.143 Polarisation :
- Eutelsat W4 – Metro TV is the 2nd Ghanaian
free-to-air TV service available on DSTV. To connect, simply contact
your local authorized DSTV installer as this is a closed system and
only DSTV decoders + smart card can decode the signals.
NSS 7 at 22.0°W – with a large footprint over West,
East & Southern Africa, all the 3 next free-to-air Ghanaian TV
stations can be accessed on this satellite. NSS7 also hosts 3 of the
most popular Ghanaian FM radio stations viz Joy FM, Adom FM and Peace
FM. Key coordinates:
Freq – 3739MHZ
Pal – V
Cord – 2200 W
Sat – NSS7
SR – 1.755 m/s
A C-band dish and DVB decoder would be necessary. Consult a professional satellite TV installer.
TV3 Ghana is a private, free-to-air television broadcaster in Ghana
which is owned by Malaysian media giant Media Prima. It was launched in
1997. Available on NSS 7 and occasionally on Multi TV.
Owned by a popular Ghanaian film maker Kwaw Paintsil Ansah, TV
Africa started test transmission from Accra in 2002. The station was
officially launched by the President of Ghana on 17th of May 2003.
Available on Nss7.
Viasat 1 is a Ghanaian television channel owned by the Swedish
listed media group, Modern Times Group (MTG). Viasat 1 was MTG’s first
venture in Africa and became the fifth terrestrial television network
in Ghana after GTV, Metro TV, TV3 and TV Africa. Available on NSS 7.