Legal to watch OTHER country's satellite programming. Illegal if you turn the receiver to point at a Canadian satellite (i.e. Star choice or expressvu). No you won't find Canadian content on those other satellites. You'll get something like Dish Network or DirecTV for the most part. As those carriers don't have agreements in Canada - you're not technically breaking the law to watch them. Unfortunately you have other issues - the carriers change and upgrade their encryption methods regularly, so you constantly have to be upgrading and flashing the code on your receiver.
Sometimes it can take a week or more for the FTA 'hackers' to crack those codes and release new firmware for you. So: FTA - good to use for watching stuff that you don't want to pay for but don't care if you can't get it for a while. Non-FTA Pay Satellite: good to use for stuff you don't mind paying for, and you know it'll always be on and available. Most people I know who have FTA use it in combination with either a 'basic' local cable subscription, or a second dish pointed at either star choice or expressvu, with a legal receiver and a minimum subscription just covering their 'must have' viewing. (This is all for people who live where over the air TV is just not at all an answer - like here in Kingston where an antenna will get you 2 channels - maybe 3 - no US networks, CTV, and sometimes maybe CBC, and Global). If you live somewhere that you get a good variety of OTA tv with an antenna, FTA might be a wonderful 'free supplemental programming' addition. Said by: Unfortunately you have other issues - the carriers change and upgrade their encryption methods regularly, so you constantly have to be upgrading and flashing the code on your receiver.
Sometimes it can take a week or more for the FTA 'hackers' to crack those codes and release new firmware for you. I've been running on the same firmware for 2.5 months now. Updating firmware takes about 5 mins and when Bell and DishNetwork do screw with things new firmware is released in 1-2 hours NOT WEEKS. You either connect a small serial cable to your computer and upload the new firmware or use USB thumb drive. Copy the firmware to it, plug it in the front and BAM your TV is back on. Details: » » And if you are buying I suggest. » and » I've used them both and recommend them.
Said by ftarules: I've been running on the same firmware for 2.5 months now. Updating firmware takes about 5 mins and when Bell and DishNetwork do screw with things new firmware is released in 1-2 hours NOT WEEKS.
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I didn't say 'Always' - as I said in my post 'Sometimes' it can take a week or more - about every 2-3 months is correct for how often firmware bins have to be updated, but 3 times in the last 4 years I was out for around a week. Yes the majority of times it was less than a day - often around 4 hours from what I've found. The problem is, if you're like me, and have a family who just want the TV to work when they turn it on, even telling them to wait 4 hours is unacceptable. Telling them to wait 4 to 5 days is a death sentence on the FTA receiver and you'll find it in the dumpster the next day when you get home, and the ExpressVu installer on a ladder at the back of your house. So it was just a warning - it's not flawless - you have to be willing to do the firmware bin updates, sometimes at the most inopportune time (in the middle of a movie, football or hockey game, the season premiere of Gray's Anatomy, you name it) - and _sometimes_ the waiting for that BIN can be a killer.
If on the other hand you have another source for your regular programming, as I said basic cable, OTA antenna, basic Satellite service, etc. And you use your FTA to watch things like Starz, HBO, Cinemax, US network feeds, etc. And won't be inconvenienced by an outage, then by all means. And unlike AndyB - I use my FTA receiver on an old ExpressVu dish just fine - I have an LNB provided with the FTA receiver that I mounted to the old ExpressVu arm with no problem at all and it works perfectly.
Considering the ExpressVu dish *IS* the Dish Network dish re-branded, there's little to no reason you can't use it to 'see' any of the Dish Network satellite feeds. I've never had a problem with signal strength. A motorized mount would be sweet however - but I've settled in with it pointed at one sat for now (I use my FTA at my cottage, and when I'm going for a long stay I take one of my BeV receivers from home with me just in case there's a 'firmware outage'). Said by: What type of programming do they have on G10r? And as to the 'legality' of FTA I dont think it is legal even if you are pointing at the US Dishes.
As for Nagra 3, they said the same ting about Nagra 2 I was about to say the same thing.I remember working for a cable company back when Nagra 2 came out and.well.its still alive. As they say.its like a spiraling staircase, they'll implement new protections, people will move to 'circumvent' those protections for their TV viewing experience.meh, I'm sure for those people who end up paying $0/Mth for their TV viewing experience can handle some downtime from time to time. I know I would. Said by: And unlike AndyB - I use my FTA receiver on an old ExpressVu dish just fine - I have an LNB provided with the FTA receiver that I mounted to the old ExpressVu arm with no problem at all and it works perfectly. Considering the ExpressVu dish *IS* the Dish Network dish re-branded, there's little to no reason you can't use it to 'see' any of the Dish Network satellite feeds.
The exvu dish/lnb will work for bev/dish.I was refering to real FTA where a larger dish/linear is required on most sats to get a good signal.Dish/Bev/GC is not FTA although some seem to think it is. As for Nagra 3, they said the same ting about Nagra 2 Well, the thing is someone at Kudelski leaked key components of Nagra 2 and the Korean coders worked their magic. That's the ONLY reason anyone can watch Dish Network or Bell TV at the moment using a $100 receiver with an RS232 port for firmware 'upgrades'. I don't think the same mistake will be made again. Wait a minute.wasn't Nagra 2 supposed to fix the 'hacks' from Nagra 1?I thought that the same mistake wasn't supposed to happen twice?
Is it for real? Satellite piracy has been around for decades. It started big with DirecTV. One of the big advantages was that Canadians could now watch some of their favorite American shows. ESPN, Comedy Central, HBO were top picks. FTA stands for Free To Air.
There are actually many satellites that you can point your dish too that are 100% free. Nothing illegal about that. Its kind of like Over the Air TV broadcasts. Except on a big scale with a satellite. You can also program your receiver (usually by putting the update on a USB thumbdrive, then sticking it into the receiver) to receive either Bell ExpressVU or DishNetwork. Those are the two main ones, but there are also others.
StarChoice and DirecTV DO NOT WORK with FTA. Any Canadian content? If you pointed it to Bell ExpressVU, you'd have tons of Canadian content. Will my Bell TV dish work with FTA?
Yes, it would work without a hitch. You'd just have to unplug your old receiver from the dish and plug in your new one. If this is real, why isn't everyone doing it?
In Montreal, Ottawa or Toronto, especially in the Arab, Chinese, or Spanish neighborhoods, you will see houses and apartments with up to 5-6 dishes. This is mostly due to the fact that Canadian TV doesn't have very much foreign content, and their only way of getting it is through FTA. Please note however that a lot of foreign content is available for free, so they are not necessarily stealing anything. -------- Now, a few things you should know. Adobe Flash Player 12 Free Download For Windows 8.1 64 Bit. It is not illegal to own the receiver, as it does have a legitimate purpose (FTA channels). But it is illegal once you reprogram your receiver to receive Pay-TV content (Bell, Dish, etc.) FTA is massive in Canada, and your chances of getting caught are slim to none. There are even quite a few FTA stores that i've seen throughout Canada.
I've seen some in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver. So its not illegal to have the box. Just what you do with the box is illegal. Such as its not illegal to own a computer, but you could get into serious trouble if you used it for hacking.
Another thing that you should know, is that when using FTA to receive Pay-TV, the providers will be constantly finding new ways to shut it down. It may only be down for a day, but it could be down for much more than that. Its a cat and mouse game between the television providers and the people who write to code to circumvent the encryption of the satellite signal. If you do plan on doing this, I strongly urge that you keep your existing subscription, not only as a backup when it does go down, but to continue supporting our Canadian Television economy. If you have any other questions, feel free to IM me.