Best Channels in FTA [C/Ku]

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  1. DiogoFer

    DiogoFer Topic Starter New Member

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    Hello,

    I'm planning to buy a big dish (8' solid, motorized) in the LA region, with a Dual C/Ku LNB. That being said, what are in your opinion the best channels that can be received for free in the region? I speak English, Spanish and Portuguese, so anything in those three languages is fine. I've taken a look at Lyngsat and noticed I could get some Virgin Islands affiliates for NBC and FOX, are they worth the while? What about Canadian TV, could I get CBC and CTV?

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    Cham VE4GLS Pub Member / Supporter

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    Yes the Caribbean mux on 99 is good for an 8' dish, and CTV on 107. 103Ku is good to have as well. 127 is NASA TV.. certainly a must-have. :) 97 has a lot of Spanish TV as well as CBS english too. Lots to pick from but you'll be using the motor for sure.
    I see this is your first post. Welcome to the forum!
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    KE4EST SatelliteGuys Is My Second Home Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU!

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    :welcome to SatelliteGuys DiogoFer!!!!
    Cham gave you a good answer so far. If you have more, feel free to ask!
     
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    DiogoFer Topic Starter New Member

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    Thanks for the warm welcome! What about C-SPAN, is it possible to receive it digitally or are we limited to the Analog broadcast? With the 8' Dish, could I receive it properly? Another question I have is to what exactly is broadcasted on the satellite versions of, for example, the 103W NBC Channels - Are they 24/7? Do they have ads? Or really, are they just feeds for local affiliates?
     
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    Magic Static FTA Geek Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU! Lifetime Supporter

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    Here is a site providing program info for some 100+ FTA channels. Set your time zone and format.
    http://ftalistings.com/
     
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    etlam34 SatelliteGuys Family

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    Nbc on 103w is not 24/7, it’s mostly for primetime. Doing a blind scan everyday will bring in news feeds as well as occasional local feeds.
     
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    Brct203 SatelliteGuys Pro

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    Depending on how far East you have unobstructed view of the arc, you might be able to get 55.5W and 58W. 55.5W has many Latin American channels if I remember correctly (some in Spanish, some in Portuguese).

    As for the LNB, are you talking of a combo C/Ku LNBF, or a more sophisticated feedhorn like a Corotor with C and Ku LNBs? The combo LNBF is a compromise and in many cases does not give good results on Ku. Another option might be a good C-band LNBF and a cheap Ku LNBF mounted to the side of it.
     
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    VE2FCZ SatelliteGuys Family

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    Hispasat 30 West has a lot of Spanish if you can go that low on the arc. Good luck.
     

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