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Frequently Asked Questions about NASA TV

Frequently Asked Questions about NASA TV

What is NASA Television?

NASA Television is actually three accessible digital channels:

NASA Public, transmitting in HD, features coverage of NASA missions and events, plus documentaries, archival and other special programming. This is the "NASA TV" most often carried by cable and satellite service providers.

NASA Education provides programming to schools, educational institutions and science museums.

NASA Media provides coverage in HD of news conferences and relevant video and audio materials to national and international news-gathering organizations.

Note: NASA TV channels may not always have programming on every channel simultaneously. 

Can I watch NASA TV on the Web?

Yes, NASA Television’s Public, Media and Education channels are streamed here on the Web. All you need is access to a computer. 

How do I get NASA TV at home?

The NASA TV Public, Media and Education channels are "free-to-air," meaning your cable or satellite service provider can carry each at no cost. Contact your local cable or satellite service provider about carrying any NASA TV channel.

What can I do if I'm having recurrent problems watching NASA TV on my cable or satellite system?

After you've contacted and informed your service provider, send us an email (public-inquiries@hq.nasa.gov) stating the nature of the problem, where you live and from whom you receive NASA TV. This may help determine a cause and provide a solution.

I have my own C-band-sized satellite dish. What else do I need to get the digital NASA TV Public Channel?

An Integrated Receiver Decoder, or IRD that receives "free-to-air" programming like the NASA TV Public Channel can be purchased from many sources, including "off-the-shelf" at your local electronics store. 

Is NASA TV available on Ku-band? What about analog?

No. NASA TV is C-band digital only and no longer provides analog service.

Questions? Concerns? E-mail public-inquiries@hq.nasa.gov

Page Last Updated: September 30th, 2013
Page Editor: Gary Daines