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Apr 19, 2009
fort worth
i need to no i had direct but don.t if i get the free to air boxes will they work with the direct dish or do i have to get something else


SatelliteGuys Master
Sep 22, 2005
L.A., Calif.
Most DirecTV dishes are too small, and generally have the wrong LNB.
Also, an FTA receiver will get nothing when aimed at the DirecTV satellites (through their dish).
If you are anxious to do some reading, below are some links to relevant threads.
But most of those conversions are not really recommended, and probably not for the beginner.

Anole: A Dish-500 is -generally- unsuitable for Ku FTA.

Anole: size of DirecTV Slimline & Dish Network SuperDishes

Look Up shows pix of his DirecTV AT9 dish conversion for 97

How to locate a new LNB at the proper focus, when replacing it:

DefCon4 puts SuperDish LNB on DirecTV Slim Line:


SatelliteGuys Pro
May 13, 2006
Lat 39.2°N WV Lo 81.5°W
Too small indeed! 80Cm or bigger is recommended for the FTA hobby! If you’re talking about those pizza size 18” dishes of the past, forget it only to point at NASA! Bigger is always better here! I have a Direct international dish and that is about the closest you can get with a provider dish for some FTA but I see it is still undersized for some KU birds for my tastes! Anole has good reading posted there. DirecTV is has very different DBS broadcasting style than conventional KU so there is nothing you can get DirecTV with a DVB KU FTA receiver!

Do some reading around here first before you buy or try! We have a search feature at the top of the forums, punch in your question and I am sure that it will return an answer for you that is satisfactory! If it can be done, somebody here has done it for sure!

Good luck to you gpee! :welcome to The Satellite Guys!

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