3 ways to watch Free-To-Air(FTA) TV channels in Uganda

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Digital TV migration in Uganda brings us a new way of watching TV; more TV channels, high quality pictures and sound. But that also means you’ve to kiss watching free TV goodbye — sort of.

Still even if the Pay TV providers want you to subscribe to monthly packages, they know most  Ugandans are used to Free-to-air channels. Here’s how you can still watch TV for free.

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Buy a Free-to-air decoder



This is probably the best way to receive free-to-air digital channels currently in Uganda.  The price of fta decoders in Uganda varies from one vendor to another. But the Konka fta decoder goes for price of Ugx 148,000. We would recommend “Best-Digital HD decoder” priced at Ugx 130,000 from Jumia Uganda which we tested ourselves and reviewed.  We were able to receive at least 32 fta channels with this decoder. However, the final decision ultimately belongs to you.

However, you have to get an outdoor antenna for your decoder. You can get them downtown, although we recommend you buy startimes Uganda outdoor antenna which goes for a price of Ugx 35,000 or GoTV antenna priced at Ugx 27,000. You’ll have to change the RF connector of the GoTV antenna to fit into your fta decoder.

Subscribe to GoTV lite

Now we know GoTV Uganda is a pay TV provider. However, they have a package for those of you who don’t wish to pay monthly subscription called GoTV Lite that goes for a price of Ugx 66,000 per year. You’ll get the following free-to-air channels on GoTV; UBC, NTV, WBS, Bukedde TV, NBS, Urban, Relition, Faith, Islam Channel, GoTV channel according to the flyers we received. gotv_lite

But you’ve to buy the full GoTV kit which is currently running on promotion at price of Ugx 74,000. This includes the GoTV outdoor antenna (Gotenna) which usually is priced at Ugx 29,000. DSTV Uganda doesn’t have Free-to-air channels like GoTV unfortunately.

Get Startimes fta decoder


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Startimes Uganda has been very inconsistent and contradictory with its pricing information. When we visited on agent, we found flyer that said you pay a one-time fee of Ugx 140,000 to receive all free-to-air(fta) channels in Uganda using their fta decoder. But don’t take our word for it, visit one of their outlets and confirm for yourself.

Do you know of any other ways of watching TV for Free in Uganda? Let us know in the comments. If you have any other further questions, don’t forget to post your question on “Dignited Answers”, a new Q&A forum where your Tech questions can be answered by the community.

  • Jamnku

    talk about inconsistency in price announcements of STAR TIMES where they don’t talk about the additional 35k for the Aeriel, which brings one to cough 65000 instead of the usual PITCHING fee of 35000

  • jean

    My FTD loses signal yet i use the startimes antenna.wat coukd be the problem?

  • Benon Fred Twinamasiko Kakwavu

    One buys a Digital TV (read Flat TV; Hisense, Smasung, e.t.c) and connect the aerial/antenna, the go to Setup >> Auto Scan >> DTV and get over 36 Channels for free.