Free To Air TV
Solomon Islands

Free to Air TV FAQs


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

If you are still stuck, please don’t hesitate to call us or use our "Contact Us" form.


How do I watch TTV Online on my mobile phone?

1. Ensure you have enough OurTelekom Data credit loaded on your account. 2. OurTelkom offers cost effective Pre-paid data rates that allows you to watch all day at very good rates. For example $10 will allow you to watch TTV1 all day on your mobile for $10. 3. Dial *155# and select Option 7 then follow the prompts then purchase one of the packages. 4. Open your phones inbuilt Internet Browser and type in or go to then press Play.

Is TTV free to watch on a TV?

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?

  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)
    2. If you don’t buy one of these antennas mentioned above, you may not be able to receive ALL our Analogue and Digital HD channels.
    3. On the outside of your home, look for a location to mount the J-pole and antenna. The location needs to have clearest view of the TV transmitter. Hills, buildings and trees can degrade the signal. The best position to mount the J-pole is on the wooden boards running along the underside of the roof. 
    4. At the top of the J-pole make sure the antenna is mounted VERTICALLY (antenna elelments pointing up & down),  NOT horizontally.
    5. Point the antenna towards the transmitter.
    6. Run the antenna cable to your TVand , connect the TV's antenna input.
    7. Rescan both your TV's Digital and Analoge tuners (TV Settings).

(Note: TTVs Digital channels 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:

Location Channel Ch/Frequency
Honiara DWTV, ESPN2, CNA, France24 Ch.6 (177.5 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.


Also known as an antenna

Analogue TV
The old type of TV transmission signal. Only conveys SD video and set to be phased out in the future as per International Standards. Pictures can be noisy (snowy) and suffer from ‘ghosting’ (double imaging)

Designed to pick up the UHF/VHF frequencies transmitted from the TV transmitter

Audio/Video connectors sometimes called RCA or Phono connectors (Yellow = Video, White= Left audio, Red= Right audio) Note: AV connections only convey SD quality video

Analogue television that requires an analogue tuner. Old box-shaped TV’s only have analogue tuners. ATV only conveys SD quality video that can suffer from noise or ghosting. Flatscreen TVs have both ATV and DTV tuners that each need to be tuned in.

Digital Television that requires a digital tuner to tune into DTV transmissions. Flatscreen TVs have both ATV and DTV tuners that need each to be tuned in before being able to see any TV broadcasts. DTV conveys clean, sharp video in both SD and HD. 

Digital TV
(see DTV)

Digital Decoder
A standalone TV tuner or set-top box that tunes into DTV and ATV.

Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestrial: The HD encoding standard used by TTV to transmit the 16x Digital channels

Free-to-Air: A TV broadcast where the viewer does not need to pay any Subscription or ongoing fee to view the TV channels

High-Definition Multimedia Interface. A cable and connection type that carries HD quality video from the DTV decoder to the flatscreen TV

High Definition: High-quality TV pictures that are nearly twice as sharp as SD

Standard Definition: TV pictures will look softer than HD

Set-top Box: A standalone digital tuner or decoder that can tune into the DTV 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)

Happy viewing!