Free-to-air channels are free
digital channels. There are no subscription fees or activation charges to
pay, but you do need a special digital receiver and of course a satellite
dish. There are both C-band and Ku-band Free-to-Air signals. The signal
compression method used to transfer the signals from the satellite to your
satellite dish is called MPEG-2. The FTA satellite receivers we sell are DVB
(Digital Video Broadcast) compliant.
Depending on the equipment you
currently have, the types of programming that interest you most and the
investment you're willing to make, we can help you put together a
Free-to-Air set-up that fits your needs. If you don't have any satellite
equipment, you can put together a system quite inexpensively, depending on
what you are interested in viewing. If you currently have a big dish system
or Ku-band system, adding a FTA receiver might be the only additional
equipment necessary. Talk with our representatives to find out what would
work best for you.
EQUIPMENT: There are many
different FTA receivers currently on the market. One option is to order the Traxis 3500 FTA receiver with FTA
channels and satellite(s) already programmed in. It's as easy as buying the
Traxis 3500 and the pre-load option(s) you want. We'll program your receiver before it ships out the door. We even
offer on-line install
instructions for the Traxis 3500 and other FTA receivers we sell..
PROGRAMMING: The variety of
available is nearly as varied as the world in which we live - International
language channels, special interest channels, even sports and network
channels. And while the number of free-to-air channels grows every month,
free-to-air is always changing and evolving. Some channels cease to exist,
others move to other locations. But there's never a shortage of interesting
FTA systems cannot receive
package programming sold from programming companies. Signals from DirecTV,
Dish Network and others are not free-to-air. They are paid channels and
require a subscription. Reception of subscription channels without paying
for them is illegal and subject to fines and imprisonment.