Free To Air TV
Solomon Islands

FAQs

FAQ's

Check out our FAQs for quick answers to our most common questions.

If you are still stuck, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us via our Contact Us form.

Q1

Is TTV free to watch?

YES! - Currently we are Solomon’s only Free-to-air, commercial TV network.

Q2

What is Free-to-air?

Free-to-air (FTA) means the TV transmissions are unencrypted and free to watch without the need to lease a PayTV decoder or pay any subscription or ongoing fee. 

Q3

What type of signal does TTV transmit?

TTV transmits Free-to-air analogue (Standard Definition) and Digital (High Definition), terrestrial television signals using UHF and VHF frequencies.

Q4

I have a local PayTV decoder connected to my TV at home - can I also get TTV?

TTV is not available through any PayTV decoder. To get TTV, connect your VHF/UHF antenna (or install one – see details below) to your TV. Go to Set-up and retune your TV's analogue and digital tuners to see TTV FOR FREE. Please ensure your TV and antenna meets the normal Solomon Island TV broadcast standards outlined in this FAQ

Q5

Where does TTV transmit?

TTV is currently available in: Honiara, Auki, Gizo, Noro, Munda and Lata. Please see the list of locations, channels and frequencies in this FAQ

Q6

What do I need to watch TTV?

  1. Flatscreen TV that conforms to the Australian TV standards
  2. Antenna cable (we recommend RG6 cable type not RG59)
  3. UHF/VHF TV 32-element antenna that states it can pick up Channels 6-12 and 28-51 (Band III & IV)
    1. If you don’t buy one of these aerials you may not be able to receive ALL our analogue chanels and DTV HD digital channels in Honiara.
    2. Antenna stably mounted on a J-pole
    3. Antenna pointed towards the transmitter
    4. Antenna vertically orientated (not horizontally)
    5. It is recommended the antenna is installed by a professional installer.

(Note: TTVs 16x DTV channels (some in true HD) are only available in Honiara).

Q7

Where can I buy a TV, antenna, cable and connectors?

There are many good electrical outlets in Honiara - please ensure the equipment meets the types and standards outlined in this FAQ.  

Q8

What TV channels and frequencies does TTV transmit on?

If you need to manually tune your TV – please use the TTV frequencies listed below:

Location Channel Ch/Frequency
DIGITAL
Honiara DWTV, ESPN2, CNA, France24 Ch.6 (177.5 MHz)
NHK, CGTN, TTV THREE, CGTN Ch.8 (191.5 MHz)
TTV TWO, PLTV ,BBC, Edge Sport Ch.28 (529.5 MHz)
TTV ONE, Al Jazeera, ESPN, ABC Aust. Ch.29 (536.5 MHz)
ANALOGUE
Honiara TTV ONE Ch.7 (182.25 MHz)
TTV TWO Ch.9A (203.25 MHz)
TTV THREE Ch.11 (217.25 MHz)
Auki TTV ONE Ch.10 (210.25 MHz)
TTV TWO Ch.9 (196.25 MHz)
Gizo TTV ONE Ch.7 (182.25 MHz)
TTV TWO Ch.9A (203.25 MHz)
Noro TTV ONE Ch.44 (639.25 MHz)
TTV TWO Ch.6 (175.25 MHz)
Munda TTV ONE Ch.11 (217.25 MHz)
Lata TTV ONE Ch.6 (175.25 MHz)
Q9

I see noisy pictures when watching an analogue channel.

Noisy (snowy) pictures are due to low signal strength. The problem may be due to a number of reasons: Low gain antenna type, antenna not orientated correctly or not pointing directly toward the transmitter, poor quality cable or connection between the antenna and TV. Also, there may be hills between you and the transmitter or you live in a valley or far away.

Q10

When watching a TTV DTV channel my pictures look "blocky" or sometimes dips to black.

See the above answer

Q11

I live in Honiara and have an old analogue or a flatscreen TV that can't tune to TTV's DTV channels?

There is a solution! Make sure you are getting a good signal and purchase a FTA DBV-T digital decoder that conforms to the Australian TV standards.

For older analogue or flatscreen TV's where its digital tuner does not conform to the Australian transmission standards, plug the UHF/VHF antenna into the FTA decoder and the output to the TV’s AV input or connect the decoder's r.f. output into the TVs r.f. input and retune your TV. Please note that AV and r.f. connections can only convey SD quality video. If you have a flatscreen TV with an HDMI input then use this to get HD quality video from the FTA decoder. FTA Digital Decoders are sold in good electrical stores in Honiara.

Terms

Aerial
Sometimes called an antenna

Analogue
The old type of TV transmission signal – to be phased out as per international standards. Pictures can be fuzzy and suffer from ‘ghosting’ (double imaging)

Antenna
Designed to pick up the signal from the TV transmitter

AV
Audio/Video connectors sometimes called RCA or Phono connectors (Yellow = Video, White= Left audio, Red= Right audio) Note: AV connections do not support HD quality pictures

ATV
Analogue television (Note: the old square box type TV’s only have analogue tuners)

DTV
Digital Television (Note: Flat screen TVs have two tuners – analogue and digital)

Digital TV
Type of transmission that carries SD and HD channel in crystal clear quality

Decoder
A device that can tune into a Digital TV signal

DVB-T
Digital Video Broadcast - Terrestrial: The HD encoding standard used by TTV to transmit the Digital channels

FTA
Free-to-Air: No subscription or ongoing fee is required to see these channels

HDMI
A cable/connector type that carries the HD signal from the Decoder to the flat screen TV’s HDMI input

HD
High Definition: TV pictures that are sharper than Standard definition

SD
Standard Definition: TV pictures that look softer than HD

STB
Set top Box: sometimes referred to as a Decoder that can tune into Digital TV signals

UHF
Ultra-high frequency: TV frequencies between 529MHz - 695MHz on channels 28-51 (Band IV)

VHF
Very-high frequency: TV frequencies between 177MHz - 226MHz on channels 6-12 (Band III)

Happy viewing!