Quickstart Guide to Free Satellite TV (IKS Edition)

[](/images3/dish.html “Image taken 30/10/09 - Components listed inside”){: target=”_blank”}This quickstart guide covers everything you need to know about how to enjoy free satellite TV in North America, although other regions may be supported. For around $300 just about anyone can easily set up a motorized satellite dish complete with an LNB & receiver. With the blackout of Nagra3, most satellite pirates have turned to IKS to provide free satellite.

Free Satellite TV Checklist… What You’ll Need

1. Satellite Dish (and peripherals) - total cost: under $150 (excluding cable).

2. Satellite Receiver (IKS-compatible) - cost: $150 (and higher).

3. Firmware/BIOS updates for the receiver - cost: free (requires Internet access).

Before we begin, you’ll need to decide from which satellite TV provider you want to steal a signal from. In North America, there are currently two well-known accessible providers (Canada: Bell TV - formerly called ‘ExpressVu’) and Dish Network (USA). It’s entirely possible to access signals from both Bell (BEV) and Dish Network (DN) at the same time from either Canada or the United States* on the same dish. To access both services, either a second dish will be required - or else a motor must be attached to the dish itself, or the use of multi-LNBs which act like a makeshift motor.

*Because of the distinct possibility in relation to personal liability due to theft of a TV satellite service, many Americans are opting only to receive from Bell. Likewise, Canadians may opt only for signals from Dish Network. Notwithstanding, it’s much safer to steal a signal from a foreign country than it is from within your own. It’s highly unlikely the RCMP are going to march down to Texas to prosecute you; this is not a reality.

1. Satellite Dish Equipment

Choosing a satellite dish.

When choosing a satellite dish, bigger is almost always better. The larger the dish, the more you’ll be able to receive. A 30” dish is the minimum recommended size; 33” (and up) is optimal. The brand-name of the dish is somewhat irrelevant - even an existing dish from a provider like DirecTV, Dish Network or Bell TV will also work - however, subscriber dishes won’t get what’s known as True FTA (legal free-to-air) and won’t offer both US and Canada - thus it’s not a desirable option. The cost of a new dish is less than the monthly rate charged by any retail satellite TV provider. So opt for a new dish instead of using one that’s already sitting on your rooftop - any universal/generic FTA dish will do just fine, although we recommend a 33” (75cm) offset dish such as Digiwave’s DWD-75C-BK. Price: about $50


Other peripherals.

In addition to the dish, there are other accessories:

  • An LNB or **LNBF**

    ** (Low Noise Block Feedhorn) will be required for your dish, and most LNBs nowadays come with the feedhorn integrated. From a pirating standpoint, an LNB with both linear and circular support is required, such as the **Invacom QPH-031. This LNB is without a doubt the best one in the business; don’t waste your time with anything else. Price: about $50


  • A motor

    for the dish (recommended). For those who want the option to receive signals from different “birds” (satellites) either a motor will be required, or else multiple satellite dishes will be needed and linked through a DisEqC switch. Save yourself the trouble now and opt for a motor (it’s a great investment) - such as the Moteck SG2100. Price: under $70


Purchasing a satellite dish.

Most of this stuff you won’t be able to find at your local big-box electronics chain. eBay is a great source for FTA equipment, as well as online shopping through sites such as worldwidesatellites. For those who don’t know which LNB to choose from to complement their dish (or even which dish to opt for), many retailers & eBay sellers offer packages which include all three hardwares rolled into one sale - which actually turns out to be cheaper than purchasing each part separately, as seen in this example for $115

. Most reputable Canadian eBay sellers will ship to the USA, so receiving your equipment shouldn’t be a problem.

Dish Installation.

We won’t delve too deeply into the installation of satellite dish equipment; there are sites everywhere that explain this procedure (eHow is one). But the main point is to make sure that the post in which it is mounted on is secure and perfectly vertical (90° from level ground). Use a carpenter’s level to achieve this. Equally important is where to position the dish (see below).

**Dish Positioning (with


The purpose of the motor is twofold: First, it facilitates the process of positioning your dish, without the need to point the dish towards a specific precise location. In short, the motor does the work for you by finding the birds. Second, it allows you to access multiple satellites (birds) nearly simultaneously by automatically adjusting the dish position depending on which channels or inputs you select through an IKS-receiver.

It is, by far, much easier to install & configure a satellite dish that’s attached to a motor. Simply point your motor due south (use a compass) and then mount your dish onto the motor - which by default should also be aimed due south. The rest is accomplished through the IKS unit.

Dish Positioning (without motor).

If you’re not using a motor with your satellite dish, there are mainly two things here to consider: Your global location (in reference to the satellites), and which provider(s) you’re planning on hijacking free satellite TV from. Since we’re only covering IKS-compatible FTA receivers (these are the only ones that currently work), there are only a handful of good options for North Americans - although they are great. This is also exactly why the motor is an extremely useful piece of hardware, since it will change the positioning of your dish depending on which bird, service (or channels) you’re viewing.

Without a motor, your dish will only be able to pick up just one of the services listed below. That is, unless you’re using multiple dishes. In contrast, a motorized dish will be able to pick up all four birds (and many more).

Service: Satellite / Bird: Position:
Bell TV (regular) Galaxy 17 / Nimiq 1,2 91.0W
Bell TV (HD) DirecTV 3 / Nimiq 4 82.0W
Dish Network (1) DirecTV 5 / Echostar 10,11 110.0W
Dish Network (2) DirecTV 7S / Echostar 7 119.0W

Assuming there’s no motor on your dish, you’ll need to find your specific location in reference to the birds. is the best service for this. At DishPointer, enter in your city (or specific address, if necessary) and select from one of the four available options (91.0W, 82.0W, 110.0W or 119.0W) from the satellite dropdown box. Of course, there are other birds but these four are the ones we’re concentrating on. If a **green line**

appears for your location, then you’ll be able to access that bird. Dish Setup Data can be found at the bottom of that page.

DishPointer can also be used to configure where to position a motor or even multi-LNBs.

2. Use an IKS-Compatible Receiver

Why IKS / What is IKS?

IKS (aka Internet Card Sharing or Key Sharing - See Wiki entry) is, in essence, a service that shares working subscription cards through an Internet server to provide free programming to satellite owners. An IKS provider communicates with a ‘man-in-the-middle’ offshore server (China, Russia, Malaysia, S. Korea, etc) to exchange packets with other IKS clients and servers. All that’s required is an IKS-compatible receiver, satellite hardware and Internet access.

Currently, there’s no ‘crack’ to the Nagravision 3 encryption that has put tens of thousands of descramblers out of commission. For now, non-IKS units are blacked out due to an N3 swap - and there’s no telling if/when this will be fixed - if ever. Truth be told; there are only two viable options here: either pay for the satellite TV service legitimately, or opt for an IKS receiver. We’ll discuss the latter.

Choosing an IKS-Compatible FTA Satellite Receiver

There are various makes & models of IKS sat receivers on the market. Some are better than others, and can receive both Bell (BEV) and Dish Networks (DN) as seen at FTABins status page (stats are updated regularly, check back often). Furthermore, some units are capable of receiving HD satellite channels, and also duplicate as PVRs so you can program & record.

Additionally, be sure to check out TVKeyz IKS Status page for updates. Trusted providers include:

  • nFusion - - Phoenix, Nuvenio or HD models are recommended, Solaris model for $200 is the most affordable option.
  • CNX - / - Nano 2 series recommended.
  • Others include: Sonicview, KBox, IKS Slinger, Dreambox DM100, Neosat and I-Link - and many more.

Purchasing an IKS Receiver

There are a multitude of online stores that sell IKS receivers, although I happen to be partial to KingFTA (they’re a licensed nFusion reseller). Google Shopping and eBay are also valuable tools - such as this esteemed eBay seller. It should be noted that most units are sold “as-is” and will thus require a firmware/BIOS upgrade in order to start receiving free satellite TV.

Receiver Settings / Choosing birds / positioning

Many - even most - IKS receivers have a user menu in which specific settings can be changed. The example below shows how to add multiple birds and perform channel scans through nFusion.

The video below shows how to set up most functions through the older nFusion Nova receiver. While Nova is no longer a recommended unit, the principles are essentially the same for all.

3. Firmware/BIOS Updates For Your IKS Receiver

Internet Access is a Must

To be able to flash or update the firmware on your IKS receiver, you’ll need to hook it up to use your PC’s Internet connection through an ethernet cable (using a hub or network card) or even WiFi. In order to use IKS you’ll definitely need Internet (an open spot on a router using DHCP works great), but it’s as configurable as any computer. Setting up access is done through the software menu on the IKS receiver (see video above).

Find updates for your IKS Receiver

Many available resources exist for finding firmware updates and supporting files. In our opinion, the most trusted site is From their downloads page, simply select the make/model of your IKS receiver and download the appropriate files. Often there will be all-in-one packages which include guides and tutorials pertaining to your particular IKS model - such as these ones for nFusion Solaris:



  1. peroflame Says:

    i m talented in doing this. there re also some forums were you can get keys for the channels from :D:P

  2. Mathew67 Says:

    Too bad this never came out about 4 months sooner at the beggining of the camping season… Oh wel, better late then never!

  3. sklfja Says:

    if im on mexico and get a big satellitle could i pick the signal from dish network?

    im not very far from USA, but still in mexico

  4. NeOne Says:

    ^#3 yeah sure, you can do it in mexico just go for a 75cm dish or bigger. its just as easy to get signals in mexico then it is in US/Can - tons of mexicains are doin it just read up on some FTA forums. Even south america can get it, brazil gets even more access to sats then US citizens

  5. Anon Says:

    what about Australia lol

  6. peroflame Says:

    if possible,i think you will need a gigantic dish to get america channels :D

  7. safe_freetv Says:

    Hey Sharky, you should update the article to include how to keep yourself safe from getting caught. Things like proxies, spoofing, using open wifi etc etc. Other than that, very comprehensive, informative, and interesting article!

  8. hanlover Says:

    I would love some tutorial on how to hack ATM’s next… please. Then i would pay for satellite tv… XD

  9. hanlover Says:

    I would love some tutorial on how to hack ATM’s next… please. Then i would pay for satellite tv… XD
    Sorry… forgot to say great post - can’t wait to read your next one!

  10. redstar Says:

    Nice article, IIRC 2600 published some similar stuff back in late ‘07/early ‘08 which dealt with getting PBS, international satellite stations and sports feeds minus commentary.

  11. AJ4364 Says:

    Hi everyone, Not sure if I’m on the right site, but I am looking at hooking up my Bell ExpressVu satellite and receiver to get free channels. I purchased both a long time ago but cancelled my subscription with Bell as it was getting too expensive. Can you please help me as to how I would go about this, Thanks. I live in Halifax, NS, Canada.

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  13. i’m scared and impressed Says:

    Wow…. This seems like it’d be a pretty dangerous venture publishing knowledge like this out in the open.

    Spreading info about trackers that put peers together for things like copyright infringement is one thing, but this seems like a really big step up.

    And to the guy commenting up above about hacking ATM’s up above, it’s probably best to keep things like that to yourself.

  14. smeagol Says:

    interesting. never knew this was possible.

  15. Yup Says:

    The safety of doing this has been debated over and over.

  16. indydude Says:

    For those who don’t know anything behind the history of FTA satellite hacking. Take a look into it, then take a good, hard, long look at what you are thinking about doing. I use to be into the whole thing, until…. IKS. In the past, the only way that you could be caught stealing signal was if someone from DN or BEV came INSIDE your house and then reported you.

    Now…. IKS brings a constant internet connection into the equation. This means that to hook up your box, you are openly inviting yourself to getting serious charges pressed against you. Everytime you turn on your box, change the channel, or do anything, your IP address is being logged to the servers they use to share keys. Not only that, but your ISP can see that you are connecting to these severs…. Better hope the IKS bunch of FTA box makers don’t get they’re servers raided, or all there sales records pulled like several other FTA reciever companies have been recently spending ALL there time in court.

    I stole signals for years… And as long as you use standalone bins, you are mostly safe. But do research into IKS, and you will find it is about the easiest way to ever say, “Hi my name is ….. and I steal satellite service!”

    Research like hell before you decide to take the advice in this article.

  17. Sharky Says:

    Some clarification:

    As mentioned in the article, if you’re concerned about safety/liability, then use either Bell (if in the US) or Dish Network (if in Canada). Simply put, don’t try to steal a signal from your native country; which we already clearly advocate - that’s why there’s two options presented here. I personally know two friends on both sides of the border who have been doing this for nearly 6 months now, without a single problem. Not to sound naive, but even if DN sat in an unmarked van outside your house and pointed their gun at your dish or line, if you’re not taking from DN’s satellites, then you have nothing to worry about. Bell Canada won’t be doing this in the States, and DN won’t be doing it in Canada.

    Again, those man-in-the-middle websites are in China, Russia, S.Korea etc. These third-party sites are in locations that won’t be taken to court (or even if so, it won’t be through US/Canada authorities; they have no jurisdiction over this). But even expect some of them to go down, offline etc, but IKS is a huge revenue-grabber, so others will take their place.

    It’s not difficult to set your Internet connection through the IKS receiver to use a VPN service to anonymize your traffic - for example if you have a spare computer connected to the ‘net (with a different IP) on the same network; hook this one up to your IKS through the VPN - and your main PC will simply run off your regular ISP connection. Cost: $5 a month. That way, your “working” PC isn’t on the VPN .

    Many are even using public proxies (although not recommended) to save a buck, which has turned into a hot-topic throughout most FTA forums. There are even free solutions, such as - a new VPN service. IKS isn’t taxing on bandwidth like “P2P/BitTorrent” transfers, so even the cheapest VPN package should accommodate. And of course, there’s always the option to hijack a WiFi from a neighbor or hotspot - this’ll get the job done just as well.

  18. REALLY Says:

    This is an ok tutorial on how to get free sattelite. But I will tell you how to get any “hollywood”
    “blockbuster” featuring your favorite actor or actresses for next to nothing..! Ok,,first step
    is to find your nearest video store. I recommend Hollywood video but if theres only a blockbuster around, that will work too. Ok, once you have setup an account, venture around the store and pick your favorite movies that you “love”! Bring them to the cashier and ask if you can rent them. Okay this next step can be a little risky and is against the “LAW” so be careful, (If you have a weak heart) stop reading now!! Put one of your dvd rentals in your computer and go on the internet and find a program called DVD shrink. (With this revolutionary! program you have the ability to copy that DVD and its yours FOREVER for personal use!! ISN’T that wonderful!! I must warn you though if you get caught you could be facing a 250,000 dollar fine and imprisonment, and they are not joking when they say that. My dad is currently serving a 20 year sentence for trying to copy the 2005 HIT! The Pacifier.

  19. RIAAtarded Says:

    LOL… good lord no one is getting a 20 year sentence for copyright infringement no matter how much the Entertainment Industry wants it that is on par with a murder conviction. For starter copying the DVD in Canada isn’t illegal in the first place. They actually pay taxes on media, MP3 players etc specifically to cover this issue. $250000 fine in the FBI warning….. news flash that is a US problem they have no jurisdiction outside US borders. Even then I can’t think of anyone that has been ordered to pay it. You seem more like a rep trying to scare everyone into submission… Good luck with that.

  20. joe011089 Says:

    thanks ive been looking for this for ages cheers!

  21. John Doe Says:

    @ really
    “My dad is currently serving a 20 year sentence for trying to copy the 2005 HIT! The Pacifier.”

    Did you seriously just use the phrase: “the 2005 HIT!”
    Are you a PR person? I dont know of a single person who ever uses the “YEAR, ADJECTIVE” before mentioning a movie title. Thats something the industry does to try to fluff up their own released.

    And the guys who ran Elite torrents whicih was the site with the prereleased copy of Start Wars Episode 1 (before it was in theaters) only got like 3 years. Copying 1 DVD isnt going to get 20 years. Get lost you idiot.

  22. Satellite Guy Says:

    Awesome this is the best guide on the web.. I guess I am the only one that looks for paid satellite services.. lol

    But for dish and receiver the prices is around 300$ which is pretty reasonable!

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  24. MOvie nut Says:

    Hi Can i use in malaysia. Please advice

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  26. fta Says:

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  30. smaurice Says:

    I like this article for all info on satellite TV. I am on bell and the price is good but there receivers are not good. I want to setup a myth tv computer and connect my dish in a hd haupage card, so i am not using there receiver. I continuing my monthly bill with bell (no stealing signals). Is this possible. thanks

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