Satellite TV is perhaps the most common way to watch TV. There are a few programming providers like DISH Network, DirecTV, Bell ExpressVu, and Sky Mexico, just to name a few. Those programming providers usually charge a monthly programming fee to viewers to allow them to view thechannels that the programming providerhas purchased the rights to to broadcast on their satellite, using their own proprietary satellite receivers. Mostuse a standard 18 inch satellite dish and a circular LNB to pick up the signal from the satellite broadcasting between 12.20GHz and 12.75GHz frequency. These satellites are NOT Free To Air.
Free To Air ( FTA )is exactly what the name says. It’s channels that broadcast with out being scrambled or having any type of encryption. Usually, the TV station pays for the satellitetransponder time and broadcast it to the viewer free of charge. There are approximately 75 satellites that can be picked up from N. America, of which about45 carry Free To Air channels. Channels vary from wild network feedsfrom CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC, and many more. Other channels are 24-hour entertainment channels like Fashion TV, Arabic TV stations, Farsi | Persian TV, Vietnamese TV, Thai TV, Supreme Master TV, Korean TV, Christian TV via Spiritcast Christian Satellite Television, Aghapy TV, Russian TV, Afghani TV, Senegalese TV, Kurdish TV, Turkish TV, RTN TV networks and literally, much much more….
Free To Air is broadcasted both in C band and Ku band. The difference between the two is that with Ku band you can usually use a smaller than 120cm ( 1.2 meter ) satellite dish or smaller. With C band, in order to get proper signal, you should use a 180cm (1.8 meter | 6 foot ) satellite dish or larger.
Many Free To Air satellite distributors in the USA like WSInternational ( www.wsidigital.com )sell Ku band satellite dish motors that you can use to pick up multiple satellite signals using a single satellite dish solution. The antenna motoroperates usingthe Free To Air satellite receiver sold by the distributor and no extra wiring is necessary.
For most parts of the USA 30 inch satellite dishes like the Winegard DS-2076 is an excellent dish to pick up signal from most of the satellites broadcasting. In Southern Florida and northern part of Washington state, a WS9036 90cm satellite dish is required.
To get more information about Free To Air, visit www.wsidigital.com or www.galaxy-marketing.com.