Scanning for Channels on DSTV

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Scanning for channels is a crucial step in the DSTV installation process. This process ensures that all available channels are detected and stored on your decoder. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to perform a channel scan on your DSTV decoder.

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Steps to Scan for Channels

1. Access the Channel Scan Menu

To begin scanning for channels, access the channel scan menu on your DSTV decoder:

  • Turn On the Decoder: Ensure the decoder is powered on and connected to the TV.
  • Press the Menu Button: On your DSTV remote, press the menu button.
  • Navigate to Settings: Use the arrow keys to navigate to the settings menu.
  • Select Satellite Settings: Within the settings menu, find and select the satellite settings option.
  • Open Channel Scan: Choose the channel scan option to start the scanning process.

2. Choose Scan Type

Select the type of scan you want to perform:

  • Auto Scan: This option will automatically detect and store all available channels. It is the easiest and most recommended method.
  • Manual Scan: If you need to scan specific frequencies or transponders, select the manual scan option.

3. Perform the Scan

Initiate the scanning process:

  • Start Scan: Select the start scan option to begin the scanning process.
  • Wait for Completion: The scan may take several minutes to complete. Do not turn off the decoder during this process.

4. Save Channels

Once the scan is complete, save the detected channels:

  • Confirm Save: Follow the on-screen prompts to save the channels.
  • Check Channel List: Verify that all desired channels are listed and accessible.

5. Troubleshooting

If the scan does not detect any channels or misses some, follow these troubleshooting steps:

  • Check Signal Strength: Ensure the signal strength is adequate by accessing the signal strength menu.
  • Re-Align Dish: If necessary, adjust the satellite dish alignment to improve signal reception.
  • Repeat Scan: Perform another channel scan to detect any previously missed channels.


Scanning for channels is a straightforward but essential step to ensure you have access to all available DSTV channels. By following these steps, you can complete the scanning process efficiently and enjoy your DSTV service.

For additional information and professional assistance, please visit DSTV Cape. Continue to the next step in the installation process with our guide on Setting Up the Remote Control, or review the previous guide on Configuring the Decoder.

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