Which satellites?

World Languages TV provides information for people who want to receive free-to-air foreign language satellite television, particularly in the UK and western Europe.

The WLTV searchable database currently has information about thousands of channels on:

  • Astra satellites 1E, 1F, 1G, 1H, 1KR and 1L at 19.2 degrees East
  • Eutelsat Hot Bird 6, 7A and 8 satellites at 13 degrees East

Please visit our Channel search page to find out which digital satellite TV channels are currently available on each satellite.

For information about the equipment (digital receiver and dish) that you will need to receive top quality pictures from these satellites, please visit our how to choose a satellite system page.

If you wish, you can receive TV and radio channels from both Hotbird and Astra groups of satellites using the same dish and receiver by choosing a system with a twin-LNB, so that each LNB looks at a different group of satellites.

We hope to add information on BBC and Sky non-encrypted, free-to-air services soon:

  • Astra satellites 2A, 2B and 2D at 28.2 degrees East

But there are many other less well-known satellites spread along the Clarke Belt including:

  • Eutelsat W5 at 70.5E
  • Eurobird Sesat at 36E
  • Eutelsat W4 at 36E
  • Eurobird 3 at 33E
  • Eurobird 1 and 2 at 28.5E
  • Astra 3A and 1D at 23.5E
  • Eutelsat W2 at 16E
  • Eutelsat W1 at 10E
  • Eurobird 9 at 9E
  • Eutelsat W3A at 7E

Satellite TV channels in the United States and Canada

We now have details of Arabic, Farsi / Persian and other language FTA satellite TV channels available in North America. These channels are available free to air (FTA) and DTH (direct to your home). Some also have live streaming via the internet so that you can watch on your computer.

It is possible to point a fixed-dish at any of these satellites to pick up TV and radio signals, depending on where you are located on the ground, but a motorized dish would probably be better so that you can move it from satellite to satellite. Some of the signals are weaker than others and require a larger dish. Some channels are encoded and restricted to holders of valid subscriptions or other authorization.

You can get further information from Eutelsat and SES Astra.

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