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    A Free to Air Satellite (FTA) receiver is one that receives unencrypted FTA satellite transmissions. Using these satellite receivers, one can legally receive TV signals without subscription. The signal is typically encoded in an MPEG-2 video and may be restricted geographically. In some places around the world, people can receive encrypted Free to Air satellite channels through the UHF and VHF band. The channels transmitted through Free to Air satellite are received by utilizing a common MPEG-2 video compatible satellite receiver. Many people use FTA to receive thousands of satellite TV channels free of charge.

    The equipment needed in order to enjoy the freebies are an FTA receiver (and here one has a choice between Pansat, Coolsat, Conaxsat, and many other great brand names) and a satellite dish within the specifics that the satellite one wishes to point at requires. However, many satellites only require a standard DTV compliant dish that can be easily found in any satellite TV or electronic store. Both C-band and K-Band dishes work just fine. In order to receive channels from more than one satellite, an antenna motor and the LNBF are also necessary.

    Free to Air

    In order to complete the system installation, run a coaxial cable from the dish to the FTA receiver, which should be connected to the television. This is usually the most difficult part.

    Though pointing the dish is not very difficult, many people would prefer to hire an experienced person to fix it on the roof of the house. It is important to make sure that the best FTA support services are obtained.

    The user can then go to the FTA receiver’s options and select the satellite to point to. Regular firmware updates ensure that the device works efficiently. The FTA keys must be entered manually, so it is important to be familiar with this process. Settings may vary among different satellite receivers.

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    27 comments
    1. Hoang phan

      17 August, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      I accidently deleted all satellite galaxy. Pls
      teach me how to restore them back, especially galaxy 29.
      Thanks

      Reply
    2. Ezerah, A .Ezra

      20 July, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      How may I get the Conaxsat Decoder and its code

      Reply
    3. WILSON

      1 May, 2017 at 10:42 am

      I just got a couple years old satellite receiver PANASONIC SDR-505 that was utilized by SHAW DIRECT.
      I have and Open box S9 and warch FTA OM AMC-1.

      I would like to know if it is posible to modify the PANASONIC 505 to legally receive FTA from other satellites that have nothing to do with SHAW DIRECT.

      I tried to hook it up to 125 West Satellite but the menue dos not seem to allow changes.

      Any ideas or suggestions as to what to change or an explanation why it cannot be done?

      This PANASONIC 505 was ababdoned by SHAW DIRECT when one of my friends upgraded his channel plan with SHAW..

      Reply
    4. Giuseppe Merolla

      10 March, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      what receiver would work with a Dish Satellite dish I all ready have with

      DISH 1000.4 LNB EASTERN ARC 3-output 1-input HD Satellite Antenna 77, 72.7, 61.5 to receive FTA

      Reply
    5. stuart minns

      8 October, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      i need a new key code for captive works cw700s any help out there thanks

      Reply
    6. Nolan

      19 January, 2014 at 1:13 am

      How can I get the key for coolsat platinum 5000????

      Reply
      • Nina Rubalcaba

        21 November, 2016 at 3:22 am

        I got a coolsat 5000 can I use direct TV sat I hook up cable wire to box and then to TV from box it says no signal direct TV installed it help

        Reply
    7. Mugume Frank

      21 September, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      I want to get NTV UG, UBC, or Bukedde here in Uganda on FTA reciever Is it possible or not?

      Reply
    8. Matthew Byrd

      24 August, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      can i use my direct reviser

      Reply
    9. mecb

      12 February, 2012 at 6:07 am

      Am in Uganda, where can i buya good FTA decoder, thanks

      Reply
    10. Isaac Douglas Jnr

      26 December, 2011 at 8:28 am

      Are there firmwares or softwares upgrades for our fta receiver in Ghana. Pls help

      Reply
    11. John

      20 December, 2011 at 9:16 pm

       What is the best HDTV receiver?

      Reply
      • Elton braidah

        18 August, 2016 at 11:51 am

        Its called Star X9000+

        Reply
    12. John

      20 December, 2011 at 9:14 pm

       I have a Dish Super Dish with all LNBs What more do I need to hook to a FTA receiver?

      Reply
    13. dani

      20 December, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      Am un decodor magnum 250si nu pot vedea nici un program ,toate sint inchise,se poate face ceva …..

      Reply
    14. dave haworth

      19 December, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Do any fta decoders support sky cards.

      Reply
    15. Angela

      8 August, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      I have a VS 2000 receiver and card, but honestly I do not know where to begin to connect it to my flat screen! I appreciate any help given:)…. Have a great day!!

      Reply
    16. Paul

      22 June, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      hi, have a opticum 4000a and had all the stations this morning but since 10 am everything is gone. the installation guide shows satellite info as 000.00 across the board! has th satellite fallen from the sky or has the unit defaulted to factory settings. Help! can’t watch terrestrial t.v for much longer……….

      Reply
    17. brian

      20 June, 2011 at 3:34 am

      have a satmate sm-888 i cant turn into free 2 airchannels and it dosent have optus d1 for nz channels any one no what other satelite to tune in thanks

      Reply
    18. cindy

      10 May, 2011 at 2:53 am

      are the codes back up for the 2000 ultra receiver?

      Reply
    19. Frank

      7 May, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      I live in Chile at the moment and would like to know about sat receivers etc which would work in Chile….. BUT…. I need help IN ENGLISH as my Spanish is ordinary. Can be contacted by Skype (DIRECTFROMOZ) or at frankmcinnesATgmailPOINTcom Hope some good soul will help.

      Reply
    20. Cliff

      5 April, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      where do I go on the internet to get my codes ect so I can transfer them to my mach or update my receiver? I have been off the air for a while and can’t find the programing

      Reply
    21. venkat

      31 December, 2010 at 11:26 am

      how to get tamil channal in free to air. plz help me !!!!!!!!!!

      Reply
      • memenode

        6 January, 2011 at 7:05 pm

        Have you looked here?

        Reply
    22. emmanuel

      30 December, 2010 at 12:57 pm

      I tried looking for WBS on my intelsat 7000 model and failed,my decorder seems not have intelsat 802.Now my query is on which other settlite should i try? I am in a small town to the east of Uganda called Soroti.I will be very greatfull if any one out there could help get WBS on free to air. thanx Esimu emmanuel

      Reply
    23. Conaxsat

      7 August, 2010 at 4:32 am

      this thing have a good info. and it helps being updated on FTA receivers.

      Reply
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