Free-to-Air satellite and Arabic TV is just what it sounds like. The Free-to-Air satellite satellite channels are free to the user.
The channels are free to the user. There is no monthly programming charge. Free-to-air channels are broadcast in either analog or digital signals. There are hundreds of channels currently "in the clear". Many of the available channels are international language channels. Many others are special interest channels broadcast in English. Take a look at some of the free channels in North America.
American Satellite Distributors offers digital FTA (free-to-air) satellite systems as well as analog. The digital systems that American Satellite Distributors offers are DVB (Digital Video Broadcast) compliant. The signal compression method used to transfer the signals from the satellite down to your satellite dish is called MPEG-II.
FTA systems do not receive package programming. You must purchase a DirecTV or Dish Network system to receive package programming such as CNN, ESPN and HBO. All of these systems are relatively easy to install, providing you have the right tools and some mechanical ability.
Remember this about free-to-air: American Satellite Distributors makes no claims on behalf of the program providers. *Some of these channels may go off the air at some point. They may become PAY channels or they may just cease to exist. Our listings reflect what is available to our knowledge on this date. We try to update it as promptly as possible. However, you can be sure about the current availability of a channel by consulting http://www.lyngsat.com/
Ku Band and C-Band
Free-to-air satellite signals come in two types, Ku-Band (76cm dish required) and C-Band (at least a 120cm dish required). Many of the international channels available in North America are broadcast in Ku (pronounced "Kay-you") on the Telstar 5 satellite. But others are available. See the growing number of Free-to-Air listings.
Ku-Band channels : Ku-Band systems come with a satellite receiver (the box inside the house) and a remote control as well as a dish that points at only one satellite. If you find that you need to look at more than one Ku-Band satellite, you may want to purchase the SG-2100 motor (it moves to look at many satellites, automatically). If there are only two satellites broadcasting the channels you want, you may need to purchase an additional dish and a DiSEqC switch.
Free-To-Air free channels?
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C-Band 4-ft Dish
Choosing Dish Size
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Finding Galaxy 3C
Finding Intelsat 805
Finding Intelsat Americas 5
Installing a Prime-Focus Dish
Installing a DiSEqC Motor
Installing an 18-inch Dish
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PBS Kids, PBS, free on AMC-3
C-Band Offset LNBF performance
Satellite TV for business, schools and establishments that are considered semi-public and private settings. If your location fits into that category, American Satellite Distributors can help you with a preliminary setup. Just answer the following questions, then fax them into our property planning division. We'll come back to you with a programming estimate and equipment provision.
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