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What is Free-To-Air (FTA)?

BEC, Coship, Vistar, Zinwell, Pansat,  DMT,  SA, ProSat,  and the list goes on and on!
Where did all of these receivers come from?  While the U.S. and Canadian Cable industry distributes their programming largely via products sold  by Motorola and a few others,  the rest of the world chose the MPEG-2 format.  Granted, even though, the Motorola Digicipher II has some MPEG-2 attributes, it nevertheless remains a totally proprietary platform.  Who has chosen MPEG-2 as a platform? Dish Network, Scientific Atlanta, and the rest of the world.  Even DirecTV is a early version of MPEG-2.   MPEG-2 is a digital platform that allows several digital broadcasts to be compressed onto one frequency or channel.  Without MPEG-2, Digicipher, or other compression  platform, it would not be possible to have direct broadcast television services like DirecTV or Dish Network.  Equally important is the way the programmers get the their product to their retail outlets such as DBS and cable.  They too have chosen compressed digital transmissions largely due to cost. PAX on GE-1 is an example of this.

      What does MPEG2-FTA mean? MPEG stands for Moving Picture Experts Group.  It is a method for compressing data. FTA stands for "Free to Air"- meaning that the signal is not encrypted with  conditional access. .  Smart Cards or Conditional Access Modules,  are generally used to decode scrambled signals.

       MPEG-2 is not an encryption method although encryption can be added. Dish Network uses the Nagra system of encryption, DirecTV uses a News Data system, and  full view big dish primarily uses the Digicipher system. Transponder time has become so expensive that with the exception of the preachers, the porno channels, and the home shopping networks, it doesn't make sense to place only one channel on one frequency.  With HBO, and Discovery Networks planning 25 channels each, it would take over two C-Band birds to air their material the old fashioned analog way.
 

  WHAT CAN BE SEEN ON MPEG2-FTA?

         FTA or "Free To Air" simply means that the signal is not encrypted.  Most cable type programming is encrypted.  Occasionally programmers may turn the scrambler machine off and you can see a channel or two with an MPEG-2fta receiver.    You will never see Time Warner cable programming, i.e. CNN, HBO in fta mode in the U.S..  CNN, and other international news channels, are available to viewers around the world in free to air mode, but not to the U.S..

        In the U.S. there are a number of channels that are available via MPEG-2 FTA receivers that have indicated that they plan to remain in the clear or are believed to intending to stay clear.  These include Saudi TV, Abu Dhabi, Thai  TV, Kuwait TV, Syria TV, Taiwan, Iran, and as we go to press, Bloomberg TV all on Telstar 5, ku, which can be received on a .7 meter dish. The list changes now and then but these and more can be seen today.

      GE-1 is the home of a bouquet of channels from Paxton Communication's PAX TV.  PanAmSat 9 at 58 degrees west is home to the  RTP, EWTN,  CCTV China, NHK, Deutche Wella, an Arab bouquet in PAL, and a channel  from Colombia.  Some of the channels from the middle east have scrambled but their feeds to Australia remain in the clear.  These feeds use the PAL format but a receiver like the BEC will convert  the picture to NTSC, the North American format.  MPEG2 FTA feeds are numerous and more and more are being added every day.  The economics of compression, allowing more than one service on each frequency dictate that we will see more.  Every time another satellite fails, and they are failing, we see the prices of transponder time go up.  A couple of thousand dollars an hour for a better bird are not unusual for part time use.

WHERE DO YOU FIND LISTINGS OF WHAT IS AVAILABLE

     The answer is simple, you find it on the Internet.  There are two sites that are very good. Every day Christian Lyngemark spends a few hours updating  information from every broadcast satellite in the world from his office in Sweden. His site is supported by advertisers.  He relies on information from the programmers and satellite owners plus an army of volunteer spotters located around the world.  His lists aren't always up to date or totally accurate, especially since many of the services go to great lengths to hide their feeds, but he is a very good detective.  Christian's site is <http://www.lyngsat.com>  lists everything from HBO to Solo Tango.  A competing site  is <http://www.satcodx.com> with similar lists.

               WHAT IF YOU ARE NOT ON THE INTERNET?

     Today, unless you live in an area with no  phone access, there is no excuse for not being on the Internet.  Even the DirecPC is available through DirecTV. Starband is available from Dish Network, and Pegasus Express is available from Pegasus that use satellite rather then phone or cable lines.  Most people still use the slower dialup services because of their lower cost.  

                   THE SECRETS OF PROGRAMMING AN MPEG-2 FTA RECEIVER

     Most receivers come programmed with just a few channels or a couple of satellites.  Since most receivers are made for the Asian markets it is not unusual to see satellites such as AsiaSat programmed into memory.  Fortunately, all receivers come with the ability to delete programming.  Taylor Enterprises is now able to program their receivers with most of the stations viewable in North America making them "plug and play".  This is a special service they offer for their customers only.   With most MPEG2-FTA receivers, programming is done via the remote control.  Fortunately, once the information is entered, the information is stored into the receivers memory.

     Originally the receivers required users to calculate L-band frequency, PID, FEC and to manually enter this information into the receiver. Today much of this is automatically calculated by most receivers.  Most receivers require only two items be entered, the frequency, and the symbol rate.

        For an example I am going to program a bouquet on T5-ku to illustrate how most MPEG-2 FTA receivers work. I have gone to <http://www.lyngsat.com> on the Internet.  There I  selected Telstar 5.  I have scrolled to  a group, we call them a bouquet, of  SaudiTV, Palestinian, Dubai, Jordan,  and other channels plus some radio stations.  All of these channels are compressed onto one transponder. I know that I can receive this bouquet because column five indicates that the signal is MPEG-2 and no scrambling system is noted.  No mention is made if Digicipher,  Viaccess or IRDETO or other scrambling methods. PowerVu is a Scientific Atlanta system and can sometimes be received with MPEG-2 FTA receivers.  At the bottom of the page I see that all MPEG-2  non scrambled listings are highlighted in a light yellow color.    The last column tells the direction that the satellite sends the signal, i.e. Conus is Continental U.S., West is Western Hemisphere,  East is Europe and so on.  You usually wont see a "East" beam in the USA, although I have had some soccer fans claim they have seen some East beam transmissions  with the right combination of antenna and beverage.

     Typically most receivers program starting with the downlink frequency.  Looking at the Lyngsat chart we see that is 11898 Mhz and this frequency is programmed into the first line in our example.  This is simply the downlink frequency of the transponder .  A few receivers like the Vistar require that the frequency be entered as 11898000. The next item that is typically required to be entered is the LNB L.O. freq.  This is the local oscillator frequency of the LNB, which is located out at the antenna, that allows the received signal to be converted into a usable signal within the receiver. Domestic U.S. C-Band L.O. frequency is 5150 and Ku band is 10750. In our case T5 is ku so 10750 is entered.  The latest receiver enter L.O. freq under a satellite setup and may note it elsewhere on the setup page.  The receiver uses these two frequencies to calculate the L-band frequency that all receivers use to tune the channel.  The next figure entered is the Symbol Rate.  This is the rate the size of the digital package transmission, akin to a modem bit rate.   This figure can be anywhere from less than 5000 to over 40,000.  This figure is entered but be sure that you get the numbers in the right place.  You may have to begin the entry with a 0 to make it work right, i.e. 6000 may have to be entered as 06000.  In the case of our T5 example we can see from the forth column that the SR is 20000.  The 3/4 is the FEC and is automatically calculated by most receivers.  To see how a specific receiver is programmed, such as the BEC, take a look at my web page at <http://www.mpeg2fta.com>.

     The PID rate, package identifier, and the FEC, Forward Error Correction, which corrects bit errors, are automatically calculated by most receivers.  Some receivers also allow for manual PID entry allowing some signals with incomplete data stream information to be watched.

Brought to you by Tom Taylor.  tomt@Iglou.com


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