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Frequently Asked Questions About Free To Air Channels 
 


Questions about Free To Air Channels 

  1. What are Free To Air (FTA) channels?

  2. What hardware do I need to receive the FTA channels?

  3. Do you guarantee that these FTA channels will remain free?

  4. Are there any Dish Network or DirecTV channels that are FTA?

  5. Can I use an FTA receiver to receive premium channels like Dish Network or DirecTV?

  6. What size dish I need for the Free to air channels?

  7. Where can I find out what channels are available free to air?

  8. How do I find the satellites?

  9. How do I move my dish to get more satellites and more channels?

 

What are Free To Air (FTA) channels?

Free to Air channels are digital MPEG2 channels that are not scrambled and require no subscription or monthly payment. They are provided free of charge and are perfectly legal to receive with an FTA receiver. You can find a listing of these channels on http://www.lyngsat.com, http://www.satcodx.com or
www.ftalist.com.

What hardware do I need to receive the FTA channels?

A digital satellite receiver and a dish with KU Band LNB

Do you guarantee that these FTA channels will remain free?

Absolutely not. No one can guarantee free channels. You will receive those FTA channels as long as they remain free and not encrypted. We only offer FTA hardware (receiver, dish and LNB). We make no guarantee or claim about the programming.  

Are there any Dish Network or DirecTV channels that are FTA?

Almost all of the channels provided by these companies are not FTA. The channels are encrypted and require an authorized receiver and monthly subscription. A few FTA channels are available on Dish Network such as the music channels on http://www.lyngsat.com/echo7.shtml

Can I use an FTA receiver to receive premium channels like Dish Network or DirecTV?

Absolutely not. These channels require subscription and special receivers supplied by the service provider. Any tampering with your FTA receiver (whether by hardware or software modification) to try to receive the premium channels without paying is not only a violation of the law and unethical, but also will void the warrantee on your receiver and may hinder it unusable.

What size dish I need for the Free to air channels?

For the C-Band signal channels you will need a 10 ft dish. For KU-band channels you will need a 30 inch (76 cm) dish or larger. 

Where can I find out what channels are available free to air?

There are many free to air channels available in North America on satellites such as Galaxy 10R, AMC4, Telstar 5, AMC3, etc. There are from the USA and from around the world. See http://www.lyngsat.com/america.shtml for a complete listing of what is available. Anything with an F designation is FREE TO AIR.

How do I find the satellite?

The satellite you want to use will be determined by the programming you want to view.  Telstar 5 is a very popular satellite for ethnic channels.  Locate your satellite/programming on one of the web sites listed above and align your dish to that satellite.

How do I move my dish to get more satellites and more channels?

If you have a receiver that has DiSEqC 1.2 you can easily see more satellites and more channels by adding a DiSEqC motor to move your dish.

 
 



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