Why do some satellite channels have no audio

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SatelliteGuys Family
Sep 9, 2008
Oxford, Ohio
New to BUD stuff here. Yesterday I was moving my dish around to see what I can get with my C/Ku dish. I found a couple of channels (can't remember the satellite but I think it was G3) that were showing nice clear views of Fox news stuff but there was no audio. A couple of other channels seemed to have no audio on the same satellite. Do I have to do something special to receive audio on those specific channels using my Coolsat 5000 or is this the way it's supposed to be?


SatelliteGuys Pro
Jun 24, 2006
5 miles N of Saugatuck, Mi
It's likely that the audio is AC-3 ( Dolby) that can't be decoded by your receiver. If you had a HD receiver, it would decode the AC-3 internally. There are several workarounds, for getting the AC-3 audio , they all include using the s/pdif output port of your receiver to feed another device, either a home theater controller, a Creative labs Extigy external sound card, or a pair of AC-3 friendly headphones , which have output jacks. There are quite a few threads on the subject. Try searching on AC-3 headphones and see what happens. [edit] here's one link, http://www.satelliteguys.us/free-air-fta-discussion/143681-cs5000-decoding-ac3.html
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