When will I receive my order?
Most orders are shipped either SAME DAY or within 1 business day of receiving payment. Once shipped, transit time via Fedex Ground is generally 1-5 business days depending on your distance from California. If your order is shipped via USPS, transit time is generally 1-3 business days. Orders within California will only take 1-2 business days. (Note: Transit times are only estimates and not guaranteed. Only Fedex Express shipping services have guaranteed delivery dates). If you need your order on or before a specific date, we recommend that you
select Fedex Express shipping at checkout.
How do I cancel an order I’ve placed?
It is our goal to process and ship orders as soon as possible, so you can receive your order quickly. Since most orders ship within 24 hours, we cannot guarantee that all requests for order changes will be granted. Please call us if you’d like to make changes to or cancel your order and we will try our best to accommodate you. All cancelled orders are subject to a non-refundable $10.00 refund transaction fee. Once an order has been shipped, it can no longer be cancelled.
My item doesn't work, what do I do?
If the merchandise is defective we will supply you with a replacement.
IMPORTANT: Please make sure to fully troubleshoot all problems and contact the manufacturer and/or forum support sites for help before contacting us for an exchange. Units returned and found not to be defective will be returned at the buyer's expense and are also subject to a $20 tech fee.
Please see our Shipping & Returns page.
What is Free-To-Air?
Free-to-air channels are those channels that are transmitted without encryption, so that any FTA receiver can display them on your television to watch. Most FTA channels are digitally compressed with the MPEG-2/DVB standard, so modern FTA receivers are able to decode that standard.
What equipment is necessary to receive FTA?
A FTA receiver, a dish of sufficient size, a Low-Noise Block Filter (LNBF), and the cables to connect them are needed in order to receive FTA. For most FTA channels (those using Ku-band), a 30-inch dish is necessary. Only a few FTA channels are available using smaller, 18-inch dishes. There are even more channels available with a C-band (6-foot) dish, but we will not go over them here.
What types of channels are available with FTA?
A wide variety of channels are available, including broadcast channels, public interest channels, and foreign language programming. New channels come and go all the time. For the complete FTA satellite or channel list, please visit www.FTAList.com or www.lyngsat.com.
Can I get channels like HBO, ESPN, PPV or my local channels through Free To Air?
No. Those are scrambled or encrypted channels and FTA systems cannot receive package programming sold from programming companies. Signals from DirecTV, DISH Network, Bell ExpressVu and others are not free-to-air. They are paid channels and require a subscription. Reception of subscription channels without paying for them is illegal and subject to fines and imprisonment.
But my friend told me he was using his FTA receiver to get these channels?
Your friend is more-than-likely breaking the law, and we CANNOT advise you to do the same. You will need to purchase a subscription in order to watch paid programming.
Who pays for FTA channels?
The broadcasters pay for the FTA channels. Some are using the satellite to send their signal to cable companies. Some foreign countries subsidize television for their citizens living in North America. You can't count on anything in particular being there, but you can always count on something being there.
Will I be able to install FTA myself?
Free-To-Air satellite equipment is not plug-and-play. You absolutely need to have knowledge about setting up this equipment or know someone who does.
Do you offer technical support or will you teach us how to set up the FTA System?
Please understand that we are a reseller/wholesaler of all the products we sell. We expect that our customers already know how to install, setup and use the equipment we sell. The scope of our technical support for our products is limited to determining whether or not a product we sold may be defective. There are just too many variations of setup including types of dishes, LNB's, satellites, etc.
OK, I bought this equipment, Now How Do I Set It Up?
If you are not familiar with setting up your dish, you will need to contact an installer to do it for you. While we do not provide these services, finding a dish installer locally is usually easy, depending on your location. You can visit local service classifieds such as www.CraigsList.org, www.FTAInstall.com, or even look in your telephone book or local newspaper for dish installers. Look for Free To Air Dish installers, not DISH Network or DirecTV. Installers usually charge anywhere from $75-$150 a room.
Where can I go to learn more about FTA Satellite reception?
There are many TRUE LEGAL FTA SATELLITE FORUM sites on the internet that have all of the information that you could ever need. Every question you can think of has already been answered in these forums. Most of these forums are free and we suggest you do a GOOGLE SEARCH for TRUE LEGAL FTA Satellite Forum Sites and do plenty of research BEFORE you make your purchase. Be sure to avoid web sites or forum sites that promote illegal signal piracy activities. We have zero tolerance against illegal signal piracy. Please read and understand our Terms & Conditions prior making a purchase. FTA can be both exciting and rewarding, but it requires basic knowledge of satellite reception and setup.
Can these boxes be flashed to receive non FTA channels?
We DO NOT Support any type of flash that is not authorized by the manufacturers. Furthermore, flashing the receiver may be illegal and may result in your manufacturer's warranty being void. Please read and understand our Terms & Conditions prior making a purchase.
What size dish do I need for FTA Channels?
For the C-Band signal channels you will need a 10 ft dish. For KU-band channels you will need a 30 inch (76 cm) dish or larger.
How to point a satellite dish?
Visit DishPointer.com to learn how to install or aim a satellite dish.