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Free-to-Air Satellite Technology

By Jeff Herder

Are you an American who experience monthly satellite subscription fees that seems to be racing up towards the moon? I know that you will feel bad knowing that there are free-to-air channels that some people enjoy. It may help knowing what free-to-air is and the satellite technology that goes with it. Of course, satellite television channels require you to pay set-up fee and monthly subscription; they are encrypted and translated in English, thus you will need to subscribe to the satellite company that is doing the encoding.

However, if you enjoy multilingual programs, free-to-air channels will be a good option. You will not pay subscription fees and may enjoy various channels from other countries. You may however, need some gadget, but they will be less expensive comparing to the month subscription fees.

This article will give you a backgrounder about free-to-air satellite technology and what free-to-air viewing requires.

What is Free-To-Air Satellite Technology?

Free-To-Air (FTA) is a television or radio broadcast that is unencrypted. Mostly free-to-air programs are multilingual, no translation as mentioned earlier.

Free to air is a technology that transmits satellite signals, which people may receive without necessity of registration. Mostly, free-to-air channels are broadcasted from international sources and from small producers.

FTA satellite programs are transmitted using C-band, large satellite dishes or Ku Band, small satellite dishes. You will need a rotor, however, to receive more than one satellite channel.

What you will need to receive FTA broadcasts?

A satellite dish (either C Band or Ku Band)
Satellite receiver or PC card
A rotor or an antenna motor to receive more than one satellite

What are the popular FTA Channels and Digital Satellite Channels?

King Satellite
PBS, a public education broadcaster
SBS and ABC of Australia
Maori Television
Television New Zealand 1 and 2

These are only a few of the satellite channels you may possibly receive. However, because various countries such as Australia, India, Europe and New Zealand have FTA channels, there are more than two hundred channels you may view using FTA Satellite Technology.

Of course, there is a need for you to know the frequency of the channel and what satellite channels you wish to receive. You will also need to know the format of the FTA channel to help you receive them clear enough.

Free-to-air is a modern technology that follows the original concept that signals are send up to the satellite and send down to earth. Even small satellite dishes may receive FTA signals without necessarily paying for monthly subscription, which most Americans do. FTA is a good satellite technology; if you want free television then FTA is for you.
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