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Greetings, new guy, but long time tv broadcast camera guy and stuff.
Years ago, when I was working for another broadcast company, we had a couple of satellite trucks and we would sit there and search all the satellites in the sky for random weirdness. There was a book or two with sat maps too. I'm not an engineer or sat pro, but I'm pretty sure these satellites weren't DISH network or 3rd party providers. I could search by sat and then look at stuff once the sat was on line. Lots of live feeds waiting for bird time and everything in between.
I also remember doing this years ago at a relatives house with a 12 foot thing in the yard.

Does anyone know what I was searching and if those kind of satellite receivers are still around? ku band? cu?
Do these dish receivers now do the same thing? I want to search ANY satellite, not just 1 or 2 the provider has paid for. All I see is foa and dish with paid subs.

Thanks for any input.
 
waylew

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It's called FTA,go to the FTA forums on this site and you'll learn all you want to know.And no,Dish or Direct receivers do not do FTA.
 
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