We have simplified everything you need to know on how to get free TV so you do not have to spend hours online trying to figure it out yourself. Here are some easy steps on choosing a package for your free TV needs. Let’s look at the 2 ways you can get free TV right away.
FTA (Free To Air)
FTA is full of channels that are satellite based. You have access to about 20 different satellites with a total of approx. 200+ channels available. The FTA satellites are satellites other than DIRECTV, Dish Network or Bell TV. FTA does have some English language programming and has many international channels available. An FTA satellite system requires a minimum of a 31” inch dish and a linear (low frequency) LNB. A Dish Network, DIRECTV or Bell TV dish cannot be used because the dish platter is too small and they use a circular (high frequency) LNB’s.
OTA (Over The Air)
OTA signals are sent from a transmitting tower, not a satellite. Think of it like car radio where the antenna on your car picks up certain stations. Here are some key points about using an OTA antenna (also referred to as an HDTV antenna or HD antenna)
- OTA is used for your local channels (NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, PBS, etc)
- OTA has AMAZING HD Quality, better than satellite or cable. Satellite or cable providers compress the signal down. When the signal is sent from a transmitter, the signal is uncompressed so that your over the air antenna captures the best possible high definition picture quality.
- OTA antennas are very low in price and is very easy to set up
IT’S AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3!
Now we know the 2 ways of getting free TV for life, we know can go through the 3 easy steps on how to choose a package for FTA and/or OTA.
What do I need for FTA?
STEP 1: The first step is knowing what satellites and channels are available. Once you know this, then it is easy to pick out a package for the satellites you want.
Most of the international channels are on the satellite name Galaxy 19. Its location is 97 degrees west. When making note of what satellites you want, we suggest going by the degrees of position of the satellite, as the satellite names do change from time to time.
English channels are found on 125 West, 123 West, 101 West, 99 West, 83 West and some other satellites.
STEP 2: Now you know what satellites you want, you have 2 options of what kind of satellite dish to use.
For many of our customers who just want one satellite (Galaxy 19 for example for the International channels) then you can just go with a Stationary Dish. The LNB is the feed horn at the end of the arm on the dish. You need 1 LNB per satellite that you want on a stationary dish.
If you would like to view as many satellites as possible and get maximum free TV, then a motorized free to air satellite system works best because the dish is going to move from east to west and point to any satellite you choose. The satellite motor is a piece of hardware that connects on the back of the satellite dish. No external power is needed for the motor as the satellite cable will power the motor. This is the best way to get maximum satellites and channels.
STEP 3: Ordering and installation.
Ordering your package is easy. Just select what package you want online, or call us on the number on the top of the website. Be sure to let one of our Customer Care Specialist know which satellites you want, and it will be easy for us to design a package for you.
We always recommend having a qualified satellite installer set up your dish for you, even more importantly on a motorized dish. We can provide a list of installers in your area. Depending on the complexity of your install it can range from $100 – $200 for a professional installation.
Alternatively, if you are willing to read some instructions and enjoy an afternoon off learning, you can install the satellite system yourself. Many customers set up stationary or motorized system with help from our included installation CD and access to our satellite angle calculator that is found in our FTA Learning Center.
We also recommend going to youtube.com and watching some install videos from actual customers. We also give lifetime tech support to our customers through our online tech support community.