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Posted 12 May 2010 - 05:44 PM
Could you tell us more about this site if you know such? When will it be available, what satellite will it be on, etc. . .?
I was just curious if you had an inside scoop.
Posted 13 May 2010 - 05:34 PM
Their Mission Statement:
There are estimated over 20 million free to air satellite receivers [ I doubt this figure? Maybe 2 million on Galaxy 19] located in homes throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our intention is to take advantage of this massive viewer network lying dormant waiting for the product we are about to make available to them. The digital encryption method will run in the clear for all channels containing commercials. Receiver requirements are a digital satellite receiver. A card slot will be required to receive PPV broadcasts
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Posted 14 May 2010 - 11:08 AM
Sadoun must have better connections than I do, since he's listed at the top of FreeDBS's list of supporters, while FTAList and FTABlog aren't listed. At all. (sniff)
So I don't know, but I can try to reason it out. They've said that their satellite "will be between 80 and 100 degrees W". They're probably going to need at least two Ku-band transponders. But where? Will they have the cash to squeeze in at Galaxy 19? Or will they find a bird with cheaper rent?
My best case: FreeDBS lands on AMC 9. Dishes pointed there would pick up all the FreeDBS channels plus two RTV feeds and lots of feeds. But I wonder if SES New Skies is saving more room for HughesNet.
Crazy idea: FreeDBS lands on AMC 16. EchoStar gets to prove that it doesn't hate true FTA, and that it's happy to sell satellite capacity to anyone. That's what they always say (the second part anyway) at their booth at trade shows.
Edited by FTA Michael, 14 May 2010 - 11:10 AM.
Add trade show mention
Posted 14 May 2010 - 12:06 PM
Posted 14 May 2010 - 02:41 PM
Isn't there already a discussion about FreeDBS that already I mentioned?
Posted 23 October 2010 - 07:54 PM
nice to see some activity going on. hopefully it won't be much longer before they launch.
News Release: 10/15/2010
We are sorry that this update has taken so long, But we wanted to give you something that was Newsworthy when we did post it.
We are proud to announce that Manhattan-Digital will be our receiver of choice. Our system has been specificly designed with Manhattan-Digital products in mind.
News Release: 9/02/2010
Freedbs will be having a meeting with a Florida Uplink Adviser later this month. We are also working on copyright issues. Without the help of the Public this would not be possible. We would like to thank the many people that are helping us including Matt with his help on Logos.
News Release: 7/16/2010
EPG compatibility. Freedbs. LLC Program Guide should work with most mpeg-2 compatible FTA receivers with the stations that we are planning to go up with at first. When we switch over to mpeg-4 only, we will also be enacting a proprietary Guide that will only work with a authorized HD mpeg-4 receiver. Other mpeg-4 receivers should still receive our channels but not the guide.
News Release: 7/11/2010
If you are planning to buy a new FTA receiver, We would recommend that you wait 1-2 weeks for our news release before you make a decision. All new mpeg-4 receivers may not work with our "EPG" electronic program guide.
News Release: 7/08/2010
TVS Sports channel has been added to our lineup. Also Space Vid Cast had been added previously and plans on Streaming in HD full time soon.
News Release: 7/01/2010
We are in talks with other corporations and businesses that we are working with to bring this about. We are also categorizing our media.
Due to the number of repetitive e-mails, We have reduced the number of representatives you may contact by email.
Posted 25 October 2010 - 01:39 PM
Posted 25 October 2010 - 08:18 PM
If it doesn't have any Canadian channels, I may not be interested. Any news on FreeHDCanada?
Never heard of it until now.
I looked @ their website http://www.freehdcanada.ca/
It says the free channels are "local to (your) region"; assuming that's OTA channels plus any type of public broadcasting channel.
Everything else requires a subscription. that's not very free. available 2011.
Posted 25 October 2010 - 08:21 PM
Tivo Premier XL4, Tivo Premier, Tivo HD whole home on Xfinity HD, SageTv 8 TB Win7 Server -> DVDO Edge-> Denon AVR, Klipsch KB15's/Sharp Aquos 60"
Posted 26 October 2010 - 10:59 AM
Buy the equipment and get all Canadian locals from your region for free. Want out-of-area locals or other pay-TV channels? Just call with a credit card and get them switched on. Ditto for PPV movies and other revenue enhancers.
I had held out a slim hope that all of the locals were going to be in the clear, but this language about only getting locals "within their region" suggests that everything will be scrambled. Oh well.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 06:04 AM
Canwest was formally taken over by Shaw yesterday and renamed Shaw Media. As part of the approval process, Shaw will change over all Global transmitters - even remote ones - to digital. Those who now receive the OTA analog signal and who won't be able to receive the digital OTA signal will be get free Shaw Direct receivers and no charge local service.