Jun 29, 2009, 2:05 PM
Post #3 of 6
Adding to what Rick was saying before Jan 15th, 1986 everything was free to air and then HBO began to scramble. Now more and more carriers are scrambling and there is much less out there free. Until last Feb I had the ability to search the satellites using my old and legal Free to Air receiver. There wasn't that much out there on C Band or the low side of Ku. I seem to remember though that, there was and perhaps still is a forum that listed the truly free to air programming.
Now the term is often used by the pirates who are attempting to descramble programming not meant for them and/or for ones they are supposed to pay for.
With the possibility of no longer getting signals from the new DISH Network satellites, in Central Mexico, I thought maybe the internet would be the method to send programming down south. So, I checked with my US internet carrier, Comcast, and discovered that if I wanted to send HD programming which sucked up bandwidth, that it wouldn't be to long before I had exceeded my monthly bandwidth limit which I think is 250 GB and that if I wanted to send that type of bandwidth, my internet connection which costs $46 or so US per month would increase to $99 per month. And as Rick said our internet speeds are much slower here than NoB regardless of what your source of programming is. So I am not sure about signal quality.
If you have plenty of time why not go to www.lyngsat.com and look at all the satellites available and spend sadly perhaps hours scanning through the lists to determine which TV programs might be transmitted in the clear.
A viable alternative might be cable. Some of the programs are in English
(This post was edited by johanson on Jun 29, 2009, 2:19 PM)