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.
Is TTV free to watch?
YES! - Currently we are Solomon’s only Free-to-air, commercial TV network.
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.
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.
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
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
What do I need to watch TTV?
- Flatscreen TV that conforms to the Australian TV standards
- Antenna cable (we recommend RG6 cable type not RG59)
- UHF/VHF TV 32-element antenna that states it can pick up Channels 6-12 and 28-51 (Band III & IV)
- 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.
- Antenna stably mounted on a J-pole
- Antenna pointed towards the transmitter
- Antenna vertically orientated (not horizontally)
- 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).
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.
What TV channels and frequencies does TTV transmit on?
If you need to manually tune your TV – please use the TTV frequencies listed below:
|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)|
|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)|
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.
When watching a TTV DTV channel my pictures look "blocky" or sometimes dips to black.
See the above answer
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.
Sometimes called an antenna
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)
Designed to pick up the signal from the TV transmitter
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
Analogue television (Note: the old square box type TV’s only have analogue tuners)
Digital Television (Note: Flat screen TVs have two tuners – analogue and digital)
Type of transmission that carries SD and HD channel in crystal clear quality
A device that can tune into a Digital TV signal
Digital Video Broadcast - Terrestrial: The HD encoding standard used by TTV to transmit the Digital channels
Free-to-Air: No subscription or ongoing fee is required to see these channels
A cable/connector type that carries the HD signal from the Decoder to the flat screen TV’s HDMI input
High Definition: TV pictures that are sharper than Standard definition
Standard Definition: TV pictures that look softer than HD
Set top Box: sometimes referred to as a Decoder that can tune into Digital TV signals
Ultra-high frequency: TV frequencies between 529MHz - 695MHz on channels 28-51 (Band IV)
Very-high frequency: TV frequencies between 177MHz - 226MHz on channels 6-12 (Band III)