Satellite Director  

Last updated: 14 februari 2016, Back

Frequently Asked Questions

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Finding a TV satellite or antenna, in azimuth, can be pretty difficult. Before you can find it with a compass you have to do some calculations using GPS location, magnetic variation, compass azimuth and satellite azimuth.
Satellite Director replaces all of that.
Just enable the GPS in your phone or enter your GPS location, select the desired TV satellite or antenna location and point your phone to the sky to target (find) the TV satellite. You have found the satellite when the white ball is in the white circle and the cyan ball is in the cyan circle. Align, in azimuth, the offset arm of the satellite dish to the cyan arrow on the phones display and the satellite dish is aligned in azimuth with the satellite.
Selectable audio tone, camera preview, continuous mode (no pause), color pickers or a user defined satellite position may make it easier for you to find the desired TV satellite. The satellite list contains 280 satellites.

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Satellite positions are derived from Agi's database. Some positions may seem not accurate (example: Hispasat 30°W is at 29.96°W)
in the satellite list but they are very accurate.

An audio tone, the camera background and/or continuous displaying of the offset arm
of the satellite dish help to make it easier pointing the dish on the satellite.
Minimum Requires: An Andriod device with embedded compass.

  • WHY doesn't the app work on your device ?
    The market page may state this app is compatible with your device but
    I have learned that that is not always the case.
    The only sensor you need is orientation (compass).
    Use app "Andro Sensor" to verify that your device has it.
    Download here from the market.

    Or install a compass app

  • WARNING: Is your satellite dish made from iron ?
    Iron influences the compass readings when you get to close to the Iron!!
    The compass in any phone is at least +/- 2 degrees wrong,
    roll and pitch up to +/- 6 degrees.

    Satellite not found, strange compass readings ?
    Probably the ompass is not calibrated.
    Wave your phone in a horizontal figure 8 using your wrist and rotating your arm.
    Next: on some phone models it helps to roll you phone along its length axis about 2-3 times !!!

    Does it take more then 2 minutes to get your location using the phone's GPS ?
    From version 1.27 there is "reset GPS" button which resets the GPS data in order to get a faster fix. Or install "GPS Status & Toolbox" by EclipSim and reset the GPS data.
    Or disable the GPS and enter the location latitiude, longitude and altitude.

How to find a satellite: Click here for details !!

  • `Audio tone` for an audio indication when a ball is close to or in it's circle.
  • `Camera background` to view the offset arm alignment with the cyan line or for the skyview.
  • `Continuous mode` to display the Director tab continuously.
  • `SatColor` to change the cyan color.
  • `Compass` to change the white color.
  • `SkyColor` to change the green color.
  • `User defined satellite position`, to define your satellite position (finish the input with the 'Done' key).
  • `Reduce satellites list` to reduce the satellite list from begin azimuth to end azimuth. You may have to swap begin and end azimuth to get it... 'right', finish the input with the 'Done' key and restart the app (use `back` key)
  • `Photo/screenshot` take a photo or screenshot. It's stored in the external memory card of your phone.
  • `Magnetometer` gives an indication if you are to close to iron (green=no, yellow=possible, red=yes).
  • 'Sort satellites' in 4 ways
  • Reset the GPS in your phone (for a faster location fix)
  • Select the language for the app independent of the phone's language


Screenshots: Samsung Apollo (240*400 pixels)

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  • 1.53 1.53 Added: instead of finding a satellite find an antenna via its GPS location (switch between the 2 via the settings menu on the "2 Satellites" tab; updated satellite lists (Echostar 19 is in the extended list)
  • 1.52 On request of Alex an update of the extended satellite list. To see the extended list uncheck "Compact satellite list" in the settings menu of the Satellite tab
  • 1.51 ?
  • 1.50 Added use front or rear camera, added directory selector to store screenshots
  • 1.49 The ball can be changed in size via menu settings.
  • 1.48 ...
  • 1.47 Added EUTELSAT KA-SAT 9A at 9 degrees East, devices without compass are excluded from the store
  • 1.46 Added 2 satellite lists, replaced Youtube movies by channel, added Calibrate compass video
  • 1.45 Crashes on some devices
  • 1.40 I hope I solved the by Google imposed spines for the external sdcard with Android 4.4.2, On some devices the photo failed, it has now the same size as the screenshot.
  • 1.39 Added: preselect up to 10 satellites; Kurdî translation by Bedirxan Dornexi
  • 1.38 -
  • 1.37 Now you can search the satellite list
  • 1.36 Save settings on back button, fixed wakelock
  • 1.35 Re-arranged help and settings into menus
  • 1.34 Display issue (Android 4.2.2 Samsung S4 and others)
  • 1.33 Fixed height of tabs (Android 4.2.2 Samsung S4)
  • 1.32 update satellite list
  • 1.31 added Czech language (by Roman Kohout), changed logic Balancing, bug magnetometer
  • 1.30 undo change to force presence of compass
  • 1.29 added 'find satellite guidance', added 'calibrate compass' if needed, changed initial settings, solved language bug
  • 1.28 screenshots not visible on sdcard in Windows
  • 1.27 added button to reset GPS data, added setup for swapping roll and pitch, app is approx. 15% less in size on your phone
  • 1.26 Added easy mode (balancing off), added select language independent of the phone's language.
  • 1.25 Compatible issue with LG Optimus 4x, Location accuracy editable and has color indication, Line thickness adjustable
  • 1.24 Camera autofocus optional (compatible Samsung GT- 5360B)
  • 1.23 update satellite list, fixed latitude
  • 1.22 added sort satellites option, warning rebrand Eutelsat, optimezed calculations
  • 1.21 added rotate camera option, new satellite list (rebrand Eutelsat)
  • 1.20 added warning "No compass", display GPS fix status, speed up GPS fix
  • 1.19 changed "Reduce satellite list" to "Show satellite list", some improvements, added Chinees language
  • 1.18 enabled move app to SDcard, app now runs on tablets (Android 3.n)
  • 1.17 added option magnetometer, added turkish language,
  • 1.16 added option to take a photo/screenshot, corrected some display issues,
  • 1.15 added spanish and french language, azimuths on director tab are now compass values,
  • 1.14 added german language, added arabic language (only Andoid 4.0), update satellite list
  • 1.13 -
  • 1.12 added dutch language, fixed bug C1 Australian satellite (90 degrees wrong)
  • 1.11 bug fix, minor improvements, prepare for multi language support
  • 1.10 updated satellite list, bug fix
  • 1.09 improved colorpicker (scaled to pixel size), bug fix
  • 1.08 solved tab height Galaxy/Nexus One
    Under development:
  • multiple languages (Who helps to translate this file into one of the following languages: Chinese, Turkish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian). Web based translators can translate words but not into understandable sentences. Can you help ?
    基于互联网的翻译能翻译词,但是不成可理解的句子。 您可帮助?
    Many thanks for the language translation to:
    - LawrenceTheArab (Arabic)
    - Google Translator (all others)
    - Dirk Smulders(French)
  • besides the top view of the dish a bottom view
  • pole alignment
  • offset arm alignment
  • multiple lnb dish
  • director calibration (roll and pitch can have an error of 6 degrees)
  • ... your suggestion ?

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is subject to change without notice.
Zekitez reserves the right to make changes to this privacy policy at any time.
This privacy policy was updated on 2021-January-14.

Satellite Director requires access to the phone's: sensors ( GPS location and compass ), front/back camera and internal/external storage.
A geostationary satellite with radio and tv channels is located at a fixed GPS position (latitude, logitude, distance from earth) in the sky. Because the satellite cannot be seen from earth one can find its location in the sky with some calculations that require the current GPS location and a compass reading. The calculated direction of the satellite is displayed on the phone's screen as an arrow. The cameras are required to immitate a 'look through window' or 'mirror effect' which allows to align the satellite dish with displayed arrow. Access to internal/external storage is required so a screenshot or photo can be stored but also to create your own list of satellites and store settings.

Google requires Zekitez to disclose that Satellite Director will record camera and read sensor data, which is used for the purpose of taking photos and calculating your position with respect to a satellite position.
Camera access is needed to take photos.
Location access is needed to calculate the direction of the satellite.
Compass access is needed to determine your position with repect to the calculated satellite position.
Storage access is needed to store photos or read and write settings.
Satellite Director and this page do not collect any personal or non-personal data.
However this page uses Google Translator and thus refers to Google's Privacy Policies at
Satellite Director does not use any advertising.