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Can DISH/DIRECT TV receivers be used for FTA?

Discussion in 'FTA / Non Small Dish Satellite Area' started by gubdu, Mar 28, 2005.

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  1. stonecold

    stonecold Banned User

    Feb 20, 2004
    I remember being amazed by the first time I saw Primestar. now look where they are now.
  2. Fifty Caliber

    Fifty Caliber Banned User

    Jan 4, 2006
    Don't forget about USSB which was absorbed by D*.
  3. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    SkyPix did a demo for potential dealers in Minneapolis. They were uplinking from their facilities in CT and using one of their recievers to show their capabilities. Someone in Minneapolis called a "secretary" sitting at a desk in CT who was on camera. She sat there talking in real time to the presenter in Minneapolis and answering questions for those gathered at the demo. All was well as she sat there at her desk until someone asked her to wave her arms and her arms literally "fell apart" on the screen. :lol:
  4. matty8199

    matty8199 Icon

    Dec 4, 2005
    What channels can I get with a D* 3LNB dish and a FTA receiver?
  5. FTA Michael

    FTA Michael Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2002
    AFAIK, the 3-LNB setup uses an internal, D*-specific switch, so you'd be down to one usable LNB at most. From there, it's the size of the dish that matters.

    From the soon-to-be-relaunched FTAList.com's FAQs:
    "There are only a few Dish Network and Bell ExpressVu TV channels, mostly system promos, that a FTA receiver can pick up with Dish/DirecTV equipment. There are a fair number of audio channels in the clear. In general, a Dish/DirecTV setup and a switch can be a cheap way to add this small set of channels, but by itself, it won't give you much reason to buy a FTA receiver."
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