3ABN is available worldwide on digital satellite. This page provides an overview of the options. The table at the top is for North America only. If you live outside North America, please scroll down the page to the section International Satellites. Be sure to read the footnotes, which provide important details. For technical questions, please see our satellite FAQ.
(see note 1)
|Monthly Cost||Channels Available|
(see note 2)
|$19.99 and up||3ABN|
|SDAdish||$189 and up||None||3ABN, 3ABN Latino, 3ABN Latino Radio, 3ABN Proclaim!, 3ABN Radio, Dare to Dream Network|
|Build your own system (see note 3)||Varies||None||Varies|
1. Hardware cost does not include installation.
2. DISH Network hardware is usually free. 3ABN is available on all new DISH Network installations with any package that carries the “public interest” channels, including the following packages: DishFAMILY, America’s Top 120/200/250, America’s Everything Pak, DISH America, and Welcome Pack. To receive 3ABN, one dish must be oriented to pick up the signal from either the satellite at 61.5° (for the eastern U.S.) or at 129° (for the western U.S.). All DISH Network subscribers with the HD channels already have the correct setup to get 3ABN. If you have a 2-dish system from DISH Network, it should be ready to receive 3ABN as is. Then simply select channel 9393, and start enjoying 3ABN! If you have an older DISH Network system with only one satellite dish (such as DISH 300 or DISH 500), you will need an additional or upgraded dish to watch 3ABN.
3. You need an FTA (Free-to-Air) MPEG-II (MPEG-2) DVB-compliant receiver, along with the dish hardware, etc., that has a clear line of sight to one of the satellites carrying 3ABN. In North America, we recommend a 75 cm or larger satellite dish; a smaller dish may work, but the signal will die more easily due to rain fade. Check out the satellite coverage map to see which satellites cover your area. See our satellite parameters page for basic receiver settings and a list of the 3ABN channels available from each satellite. Please note that technical support for people who build their own system is very limited; most likely we will not be able to give you detailed, step-by-step instructions for how to program or reprogram your receiver.
Important Notice: In 1996, the FCC mandated that anyone who lives in a condo or apartment complex with certain specifications, has the right to install satellite dishes. Click here to download a PDF file on this ruling.
3ABN is available to the public on the following satellites: G-19 (Galaxy-19), Hot Bird 6, IS-20, IS-21, and Optus D2. Check out the satellite coverage map to see which satellites cover your area. See our satellite parameters page for basic receiver settings and a list of the 3ABN channels available from each satellite.
This information is believed to be correct at the time of writing (December 2012); however, 3ABN does not guarantee this information to be true, and is not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes in this information.