Q: What got you interested to purchase your first Free to Air satellite system?
A: High cable and DTV prices. Found that I was watching more OTA channels than anything else and was really only missing sports and some news. Found much of this on FTA. Distant locals, new feeds, and the random sports feeds got me hooked! The occasional FTE channel always a bonus. Now I just love scanning the skies
I first got interested in the FTA hobby back in 1998. I bought a Satcruiser MPEG-2 receiver. I can still remember the excitement I felt when I first picked up a channel! I particularly wanted to watch sports feeds and PBS, but have appreciated Christian TV and channels like RTN. I came to enjoy scanning the skies about as much as actually watching TV. Great hobby!
To intrest them, I would tell them they could have all my equipment because I just WON a whole new setup from SatelliteGuys.us and they could watch AlJazeera TV for free!
I first became interested when I was 13 and saw an 18" DTV Dish at sears! I must have stood there two hours staring with amazement at the small size, and huge programming list. Plus its pretty amazing to think that something so small could bring in so much, and from as far out as space FOR FREE!
I migrated from c-band, is how I got interested enough to go with free to air. Well maybe not migrated, but added to what I already had. Biggest reason was that so many of the analog channels were falling like flies there soon was nothing much left to keep me busy with analog. All the pay channels left, I lived without 'em. But when the newsfeeds started disappearing I had to 'go digital' too. And of course the sports feeds switched early from analog. I waited quite a while to finally buy that first receiver because I'd heard it was really complicated to understand. But I figured it out with the help of this forum and some really nice, patient members. Now I wish I had added free to air much sooner!
What would you tell a friend or co-worker to interest them in owning a Free To Air satellite system
Common this is a no brainer. Who in there right mind would be willing to shell out $100 plus dollars on a monthly bill for an extended period when you can get the same content for free. Thats why I decided to swithed to FTA. Free to air is the best invention since slice bread & butter. Oh by the way did I mention there were no monthly bills. Plus you wont have to lose & arm and a leg like I did paying for my cable service. The initial investment is minimal compare to the years of pleasure you will be providing for your entire family. You will be glad you switched top FTA. You'll love it and your family will love you even more. Free to Air Satellites The best invention since Armstong stepped on the Moon. Here'what you need to do , just call the guys @ WS International @1-888-276-6436 or Satelliet AV @ 888-483-4673 & they'll hook you up. You know what I'll even dial the number for you....... Here its already ringing. Hello..... yes I would like to order a system for my friend, we have decided these monthly fee for cable will be no more. I'll let you talk to him just tell him what he needs.
I got interested in fta after i dumped comcast and got dish. I found this site, and after alot of reading and asking questions, and the help i got from the great people on this site, i installed my "first" 39" fortec. The farm has really grown, and keeps getting bigger I've told a few of my friends about fta and helped them install their systems. Their all hooked just like me :up
I got interested in what I saw in the channel lists online.
A ton of older and foreign stuff that I would never seen on cable, Dish Network, and DirecTV unless I wanted to fork out big bucks for a channel I only wanted a cursory look at, for the moment.
Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network DON'T provide the value I get with Free-To-Air
At the Cost of Equipment, I get a Place to Explore and Good TV channels that I can hold to standards. Not what someone else decides for me.
"What would you tell a friend or co-worker to interest them in owning a Free To Air satellite system? What got you interested to purchase your first Free to Air satellite system?"
Well, I guess my answer to the second question would be my sales pitch in response to the first question.
I first became aware of "FTA" (which for me means ANYTHING, analog or digital, that is available via satellite ITC, or "In The Clear") in the 1980s, when I was visiting the master control room of a local television station. The Pan Am 103 bombing had just taken place, and the chief engineer (who is a friend of mine) was recording raw feeds from a C-Band satellite. It was at that moment that I knew I wanted a satellite system. I didn't get my wish until 2005, when I set up my first functional dish and receiver.
Since raw feeds inspired my interest in FTA, I would use feeds and "The Unexpected" as a sales pitch to anyone potentially interested in purchasing FTA gear.
I would tell a friend that there are many Christian channels free of charge available via satellite. Since Sky Angel is only available via IPTV, it is expensive to view Christian channels by paying for broadband internet plus the subscription fee for Sky Angel. Buy the equipment once and you can watch for free!
I've been wanting FTA for awhile now, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I think mostly out of boredom, I've been through direct, dish, and charter, I'm interested to see what else is out there and what does it really cost to have a decent channel selection with FTA.
*What would you tell a friend or co-worker to interest them in owning a Free To Air satellite system?
I'd tell them that there are lots of free satellite channels available, very few if any premium and network channels ( on the KU band ), and if you are a Christian, there are scads of channels available that would probably suit your tastes.....and that if you are not a hands on, problem solving, techie type personality who is intrigued by high tech satellite tv technology, this HOBBY is probably not for you.
*What got you interested to purchase your first Free to Air satellite system?
I was not going to pay to watch tv commercials. Cable tv or subscription satellite tv was out of the question. I was tired of the few OTA channels available, and my reception wasn't the greatest, even with a tall outside antenna. Just out of curiosity, I typed in " free satellite tv" in Google search, and was introduced to FTA receivers. I started comparing receivers, and reading reviews on them which lead me to SatelliteGuys.us to a review done by Iceburg on the CaptiveWorks cw600s receiver. I then began reading the FTA forum on Sat.Guys and acquiring more knowledge on the subject, and I had all the personality traits listed in the above answer. Since my wife is extremely frugal, it took me a long while to convince her to let me make the purchase, and since it was my birthday, she finally agreed. I bought most of my first purchase from Sadoun.com, and have been hooked ever since. I love this hobby. I'm excited to see the posibility of an FTA network (FreeDBS.org) broadcasting specifically to the FTA community.