Originally Posted by samcraig
i read in this thread about fta satellite and have done a little searching on the web but cant find much. would anyone with it like to share any info. like how to set up for cheap and how many real channels you get. by real i dont mean the ton of god channels, spanish channels, or home shopping channels.
There isn't too much on FTA satellite, but a few things are worthwhile.
First, there are 2 types of FTA, C-band and Ku band. These refer to the frequencies used. Ku requires a 30"+ dish, C band needs a "big ugly dish" (BUD), 6 feet or so. There is some good stuff on C-band, but most don't/can't have that big of Dish.
Some things on Ku FTA: A couple Retro TV affiliates, the Ohio News Network, and the aforementioned ton of God and Foreign channels. There are also a few local stations, and a PBS or 2, if I remember right. There are also "wild feeds" which are typically news and sports feeds from around the country with they frequently don't bother to encrypt.
To get access to everything, you need a HH motor (horizon to horizon) to see multiple sats.
Might I suggest reading up:
satelliteguys.us has a nice FTA section
has good listings
Be careful searching. Some websites use FTA as their term for pirating Dish or DirecTV signals. That is illegal and wrong.