How To Install Free To Air Antenna

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Assemble the antenna on the ground. Secure all bolts and nuts and connect the transformer to the antenna if the antenna comes with the transformer. If the antenna comes with a coaxial connector outside the plastic casing simply connect the outdoor coaxial cable to the antenna.

Have you just purchased FireTV device recently but now you are searching for a way to get local channels on Firestick? This is the same question that a lot of people are already asking throughout the internet. Even though when I purchase this streaming device for the first time I was also wondering about this.

  • In order to receive free-to-air satellite TV channels, you need to have a satellite dish (either a K-band or C-band), a free-to-air satellite receiver or a suitable PC card, an LNBF (low noise block with an integrated feedhorn) and an antenna motor, if you desire to capture channels from different satellites, instead of through only one satellite.
  • The NoCable Amazon Alexa Skill assists you with setting up your over-the-air antenna and then helps you get the most out of your free broadcast TV. NoCable - or the 'my antenna' skill - will help you setup your over-the-air TV antenna and determines the channels of each of your local TV stations. Use it with any device in the Echo family.
  • Install the receiver dish. Point the dish toward your satellite. Install the tuner and adjust the axes. Connect the dish to the receiver. Connect the receiver to your TV. Search for channels.

Later I searched on the internet if is there any way but all I get was some unuseful content and guides that don’t explain anything. That’s why I then try to figure this on my own and after spending several hours searching for this on the internet and by trying myself I finally understand this.

In this article, I am going to share with you everything related to get local channels. Make sure to keep reading this guide until the end if you don’t want to miss any helpful information. It is because there are several things that I have shared here that you probably gonna love so if you missed that section you may not understand it.

Although this article is helpful for different devices including Fire Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick 2nd, 3rd Generation, Lite and even for the FireTV Cube. If you own any of these devices then you should probably keep reading this section as for other device users they should check another guide by searching it on the Google.

Can I Get Local Channels on Firestick

Now, this is the question that you should probably have asked after or before purchasing Fire Stick as can I get local channels? But the answer for this is quite complicated as first we need to understand what is meant by Local Channels? the answer is quite simple and is referred to as the, Anything that is delivered over-the-air and received through antennas is known as local channels.

In this case, Fire TV doesn’t support antenna or it doesn’t come with any support for it. That clearly means you cannot get local channels on firestick directly. It is because this is just a streaming device that is used to watch Movies, TV Shows, Live channels over-the-internet without using Set-top box or antenna support.

That means if you are willing to stream these channels you simply need to connect an antenna to TV and then switch from HDMI source to A/V or others. However, if you don’t like switching then there are still a few options we have that we can use to stream local channels on this device.

There are several ways of getting this that’s why I am splitting everything in headings so make sure to keep reading this article. It is because here I will also share a way to get these channels free of cost. So, if you are interested in it then don’t forget to stick with this guide until the very end.

How to Get Local Channels on Firestick (Network-Based Apps)

How To Install Free To Air Antenna

Now as I said in the above section you cannot get local channels directly as it requires an antenna. But in case you have purchased a premium plan from your TV provider then you have the option to get these channels. For this, you are just required to have a username and password provided by that provider.

As this is used to pair that application with the service provider to make it work otherwise you won’t be able to watch anything here. There are several services that provide the user with free Live TV channels that are actually the same local channels that are broadcasting over the internet.

In this section I am going to install Xfinity Stream that you get from Xfinity subscription:

Boot your Fire TV and from the Home Screen just hover to the above section and select Apps. After going there select Categories under sub-menu (check the screenshot attached below).

From there you just need to scroll down and select Movies & TV from there.

This will show the list of all apps related to that category now find Xfinity Stream and select it.

From here you can get other apps like Netflix, NFL, CBSAll, NBC, Peacock TV and many more.

Now from the next screen you just need to click on the Download (You Own It) button.

Just wait for a while until the app is download and once completes select Open to launch it.

When the app is launched this will ask for the confirmation then simply click Allow.

You will then see the Xfinity Stream on your screen now click Get Started button.

This will show you a code so just go to https://xfinity.com/authorize and type that code to log in.

Note: Make sure you are logged in with your Xfinity user and password or this code won’t work.

You can also read in full details:How To Install Xfinity Stream on Amazon Firestick

Now following these steps you can easily install the app from your service provider to stream local channels on Firestick. Although if you can’t find the app in the Movies & TV category then simply use the search box and type the name of that app that you want to download.

Get Local Channels Through 3rd-party Service

In case if your internet provider doesn’t offer an option for live channels or you don’t want to purchase it. Then you can get local channels on Firestick through 3rd-party services. Plenty of services are available on the internet that provides the user with live channels, TV Shows, Movies, On-Demand-Videos, and so on.

In this section, I am going to share some of the best 3rd-party services that can be used to purchase live channels. However, some services are limited to areas that’s why to make sure to check availability before purchasing. Other than this there are some services that are available globally.

So here is the list of some 3rd-party services to get local channels:

Hulu

Hulu is a streaming service quite similar to Netflix that provides Movies and Web-Series. Despite that Hulu also offers Live TV channels to the users. This service has a vast number of channels from local to countrywide and its package starts from $64.99 per month that is worth considering.

With this package, a user will get around 65+ live channels including CNN, Fox, NFL, CBS Fox, and many more. Furthermore, users have an option to buy an Addon channel like HBO Max, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc. By purchasing a Live TV package Hulu provides Cloud DVR for 200 hours, unlimited screens at home, or 3 screens while on the go.

To learn more about pricing and packages you can follow this link: Get Local Channels from Hulu

Sling TV

Now talk about the next best provider is the SlingTV that is already most popular throughout various regions. It has the best offers as they have three different plans like Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and Sling Orange + Blue. Most people are confused between Sling Orange and Blue as they both have almost the same channels.

Although there are slight changes as with the Blue a user gets Fox and NBC while the orange will provide you with ESPN and Disney packages. Except this, with the Orange + Blue Package you will get all channels and get the support of streaming 3 different devices at the same time.

This is really an amazing service you should probably give a try to this service: Sling Live TV Service

YouTube TV

No doubt everyone has known about Google’s video-sharing platform YouTube, recently they announced the service of YouTube TV. This service is currently available in some regions throughout the United States but they are working on it to bring this service countrywide. Unlike others, YouTube TV only offers one plan in which they offer 85+ live TV channels that include both local as well as countrywide.

Despite this, they also offer unlimited DVR cloud storage to play, rewind, and pause your favorite TV Shows. This service will cost you around $64.99 per month which is quite affordable. It is way better than others like Hulu because you will get PBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon that are not available in Hulu Live.

To learn more about this service and its packages check out this link:YouTube TV

Get Local Channels on Firestick Free of Cost

From the above section, we just learned about the best services provides to get local channels. However, they cost quite a lot of money and even the service is limited as well. In this case, if you don’t want to spend any money on these services then I have a list of the few best apps that provide live TV channels completely free.

Since these apps provide free content you won’t be able to download them from Amazon App Store as these apps are restricted. That means the only way left for us to install them is to use the sideloading method. Don’t worry much about it because I am going to provide an installation guide link with each app.

If you are interested to watch Movies & TV Shows then you may like:

Live NetTV

Live NetTV is the most popular app on the internet as it is available for many years. This amazing app provides users with 1800+ live TV channels from all over the world. With this, a user will get local channels on Firestick as well as international channels from different countries in different languages.

Despite this Live NetTV features subtitles options for those who watch TV in a different language. This app also supports media playback from any external player such as VLC, One Player, MX Player, etc. Since this app is free you may face some advertisements as they help them to earn money to keep this app alive.

RedBox TV

RedBox TV is yet another best app to get local channels on Firestick or FireTV Cube free of cost. This app provides you with almost 800+ live channels from different countries. It has a nice and easy to use interface that can be used with your remote control without any problem. RedBox manages the channels in a nice way as you can simply choose from categories like News, Sports, Documentaries, or simply open Channels from countries.

This app is quite similar to the Live NetTV that offers support of external players like Exo, VLC Player, YesPlayer, MX Player, and so on. The thing that makes it better than Live NetTV is you won’t face any annoying advertisements there as this app is quite neat and clean and a user can stream their favorite channels without interruption.

Conclusion

After you complete reading this article I am 100% sure you understand how the FireTV device works. Even though by reading the whole guide you learn how to get local channels on Firestick. As I have shared every possible way that a user can follow and get their favorite channel back even on this streaming device.

If you have skipped any part from above then make sure to go above and read that again as I have listed some of the best services that provide live channels. Instead of this, I have listed some best apps to stream local and international channels all over the world completely free without restrictions.

However, these sorts of apps might be illegal in different areas throughout the world that’s why it is better to use a VPN. As with this you can hide your IP address and protect your privacy as well. I would simply suggest using ExpressVPN as it is fast, secure, and provides a no-log policy, you can use their 7-day free trial to check it on your own.

Although if you know any other way instead of the ones that I have provided above then feel free to share it with us. As if I find it helpful I will also add it to this guide so other users can get benefit from it. Also, if you have any suggestions or want to ask any questions feel free to let me know in the comment section below.



A Free to Air Satellite receiver (abbreviated FTA receivers) refers to satellite receivers that are designed to receive unencrypted FTA satellite transmissions. Using these satellite receivers, one can legally receive TV signals without subscription. The signal is typically encoded in an MPEG-2 video and may be restricted geographically. In some places around the world, people can receive encrypted Free to Air satellite channels through the UHF and VHF band. The channels transmitted through Free to Air satellite are received by utilizing a common MPEG-2 video compatible satellite receiver. Many people use FTA to receive thousands of satellite TV channels free of charge.
The equipment needed for you to enjoy the freebies are an FTA receiver (and here one has a choice between Pansat, Coolsat, Conaxsat, and many other great brand names) and a satellite dish within the specifics required by the satellite one wishes to point at. However, many satellites only require a standard DTV compliant dish that can be easily found in any satellite TV or electronic store. Both C-band and K-Band dishes work just fine. If you wish to receive channels from more than one satellite, you will also need to have an antenna motor and the LNBF.
In order to complete the installation of the system, you will need to have a coaxial cable running from the dish and making its way to the FTA receiver which should be connected to the television. This is usually the most difficult part.
Though pointing the dish is not very difficult, many people would prefer to hire an experienced person to fix it on the roof of the house. It is important to make sure that the best FTA support services are obtained.
The user can then go to the options of the FTA receiver and select the satellite to point to. Regular firmware updates will ensure that the device works efficiently. The FTA keys will need to be entered manually, and so its important to be familiar with this process. Settings may vary among different satellite receivers.
Free to Air Satellite System
Free to air satellite systems can be defined as a satellite system primarily designed to receive 'in the clear' or unscrambled satellite broadcasts. At the present time, there are literally hundreds of channels of news, sports, networks, special interest programming and ethnic channels and foreign language channels that are available without a subscription. The selection is also constantly changing, with new channels coming online and some old ones going offline or changing their broadcast schemes. In the past 5 years, most broadcasters have switched their broadcasts to digital, although there are still a number of analog broadcasts, mostly in the C band range that are available.
Introduction
The concept of receiving free to air satellite signals dates back to the inception of satellite broadcasts in the mid 1970's and 1980's where large C/Ku band satellite systems were a popular way of tapping into hundreds of available channels from the sky. The downside to these systems were extremely large dish sizes and expensive equipment. These made satellite systems prohibitive for many people. However over the years, increasingly powerful commercial satellites and improvements in technology have brought prices and dish sizes down quite dramatically.
The mid 1990's saw the introduction of digital direct to home technology, which for the first time allowed main stream users to access a wide variety of channels not available via their local cable company, while enjoying incredible picture and sound quality, all from a dish far smaller than had ever been seen before. The small dish revolution nearly caused the extinction of the large dish industry, which simply could not compete on dish sizing, price or ease of installation.
The late 1990's saw the digital revolution spread to the large dish industry with services such as 4DTV which brought the same digital picture and sound as the small dish systems to large dish users, although a new and expensive decoder was required for reception.
The last several years has seen most broadcasters switch their broadcasts to digital, which allowed broadcasts to be compressed, allowing more channels per satellite transponder and also a superior picture and sound quality. As well, a common digital standard known as MPEG2-DVB has been adopted by many broadcasters, which allows all free to air satellite channels that use the DVB (Digital Video Broadcast) standard to be received from one satellite decoder.
Over the years, the free to air market has slowly begun to see a small comeback, primarily due to an abundance of programming not available anywhere else, such as international and foreign language channels as well as improved picture and sound quality.
Required Components
There are a number of components necessary for free to air satellite reception, some are mandatory and others are optional.
Clear line of sight to the satellites
In order to properly receive free to air satellite signals, you must have a clear view to the satellites. In North America, you need to have a relatively clear view to the southern sky. Obstacles such as tall buildings or trees or mountains will severely impair or make reception impossible. If you are only interested in signals from one or two satellites, you will more than likely be able to locate your dish in a location favorable to reception of the desired satellite. If however you wish to receive multiple satellites, you will need an unobstructed view. A do it yourself site survey with a compass and a satellite location chart or a professional satellite site survey will determine your eligibility for free to air reception.
Dish
In order to receive most Ku band signals in North America, you will require a minimum of a 30'(75cm) Ku band satellite dish antenna. For fringe area reception or reception of signals outside of a satellite footprint, or locations with an abundance of trees, you will need to upgrade to a larger dish size. Additionally, if you live in an area prone to heavily rain showers, you may want to consider a larger dish diameter as weather can adversely affect satellite signal quality. If you also wish to receive the low power C band signals, you will need a much larger (6-10') C band dish and a more elaborate setup. Your dish must be installed in a location where it will not be prone to excessive movement. Smaller dishes, such as 30' can be mounted to a building or roof. Larger dish sizes should probably be mounted to a firm pole in the ground, reinforced with concrete.
LNBF/LNB
The LNBF or LNB is the device at the end of the dish arm that collects the signal, amplifies it and sends it to the receiver to be decoded. Ku band systems use an LNBF(Low Noise Block Amplifier with integrated Feed) and large C band systems use an LNB(Low Noise Block Amplifier) with an external feedhorn. Most dedicated Ku band systems use offset dishes, meaning the dish is designed in such a way that the LNBF is offset towards the bottom of the dish so as not to interfere with the signal. This allows a smaller dish size as opposed to large C band systems which locate the LNB at the focal point or center of the dish which tend to block out a portion of the incoming signal.
Quality of the LNBF/LNB is paramount. Ku band LNBF's are measures in DB(Decibals). A good quality Ku band LNBF will have a rating not above .6db. A superior one will be .5db or lower. C band LNB's are measured in degrees. A good quality C band LNB will have a rating of 17 degrees of below. There are also 2 distinct types of Ku band LNBF's. LNBF's designed for use with direct to home satellite services such as Directv or Dish Network which use circular polarization and are not compatible with free to air satellite signals. For all free to air signals, you will want a linear Ku band LNBF as conventional Ku satellites use linear(horizontal or vertical) polarization.

Actuator/Rotor
Also known as a satellite dish positioner or dish mover, this is the electric motor device that moves a dish from left to right (azimuth) and up and down (elevation) in order to receive programming from multiple satellites. If you only are interested in programming from a single satellite, you will more than likely not require one of these devices as your satellite dish will be fixed in one constant position. However if you wish to receive signals from multiple satellite, you will need a dish positioner. Most recent quality receivers now come with a feature known as DiSEqC (Digital Satellite Equipment Control), which can control a dish positioner directly. However if you have an older satellite receiver than does not support this feature, you will likely need to purchase a seperate dish positioner control if you wish to track multiple satellites.
Free to Air Satellite Receiver
This of course is the most important part of your system. There are currently several different digital broadcast formats, however most free to air broadcasts use the common MPEG2-DVB format. When selecting a satellite receiver, you will want to ensure that you are choosing a receiver that decodes the correct format. If you reside in Europe, many pay broadcasters such as Irdeto, Viaaccess, Nagravision, Mediaguard, Betacrypt also use the MPEG2-DVB format and you can receive these signals(upon subscription) if you select a receiver that supports a common interface module which is a removable module that allows for a smart card which is required for reception of various European pay services. Additionally, a number of foreign pay channels receivable in North America can be decoded using a common interface and a subscription. If you intend on using your DVB receiver for pay programming, you will need a smart card and a subscription, both of which are available from the satellite service provider. North American direct to home services cannot be received via a DVB receiver as they use proprietary equipment. Common interface modules are due to laws in several European countries that forbid sales of proprietary satellite receivers that are locked into a single service. However, for most North American free to air applications, you will need little more than a quality free to air receiver.
If you wish to record your programming, you may wish to invest in a free to air receiver with a integrated personal video recorder(pvr), allowing for dozens of hours of recorded programming. Additionally, there are a number of things to be taken into consideration when choosing a satellite receiver. Some retail outlets offer European DVB satellite receivers. While these will work with North American signals, some are not pre-programmed with the locations of North American satellites as are most receivers designed for North American users and most come equipped with connections that are for the most part inapplicable here in North America, such as SCart connections and different coaxial connectors. As well, not all receivers are created equal, many have features that others do not.
For example, if you are interested in good sound quality, then you will want a receiver with a Dolby Digital or AC3 connection. Not all receivers are equipped with this. As well, you will likely want a receiver equipped with an S-Video or at the very least composite video and audio connections. Also if you are interested in looking for hard to find channels or 'wild satellite feeds', then you may want to invest in a receiver that has a blind search function which will scan an entire satellite for all channels on all bands. As well, you will want to ensure that your receiver has a fairly fast processor, some can take 1.5-2 seconds to change between channels which can be painful, especially if you are used to DTH systems which are relatively fast.
Free to air satellite programming transmits using C-band (a frequency allocation used for a communications satellite that uses 5.925 to 6.425 GHz for uplinks and 3.7 to 4.2 GHz for downlinks). However, modern free-to-air satellite TVs use Ku-Band programming that uses frequencies of 14 to 14.5 GHz for uplinks and around 11.7 to 12.7 GHz for downlinks. Uplinks are signal paths from earth stations going to a satellite. On the other hand, downlinks are signal paths from a particular satellite going to earth.
Free to air satellite TVs enable you to pick up different unencrypted broadcasts via any appropriate receiver. You should not confuse free to air satellite TV with FTV (or free-to-view) because FTV programming also comes without charge, but is encrypted. This means that having free-to-view programming on your television can restrict various broadcasts, depending on your geographic location.
How to Receive Free to Air Satellite TV Channels
Unlike ordinary satellite TV programming that needs subscriptions from DirecTV, Dish Network or other satellite TV broadcast providers, free to air satellite TV channels can be received even without paying a monthly fee to broadcast providers. Free-to-air programming is commonly used for international broadcasting.
In order to receive free-to-air satellite TV channels, you need to have a satellite dish (either a K-band or C-band), a free-to-air satellite receiver or a suitable PC card, an LNBF (low noise block with an integrated feedhorn) and an antenna motor, if you desire to capture channels from different satellites, instead of through only one satellite.
Earlier systems used C-band satellite dishes, which are several feet in diameter, in receiving signals. However, modern dishes use Ku-band and other dishes that are under one meter for international DVB (or digital video broadcasting) standards. U.S satellites carry most signals from international DVB. Because of this, free to air satellite TV channels may be scattered within multiple satellites. When this happens, you need multiple 'low noise blocks' in order to receive all the channels you wish.
Free to air satellite TV, regardless of the type of dish programming used, is a great alternative when you are located in areas with poor over-the-air reception.
Frequently Asked Questions About Free To Air Channels

What are Free To Air (FTA) channels?

Free to Air channels are digital MPEG2 channels that are not scrambled and require no subscription or monthly payment. They are provided free of charge and are perfectly legal to receive with an FTA receiver. You can find a listing of these channels on www.lyngsat.com.

What hardware do I need to receive the FTA channels?

A digital satellite receiver and a dish with KU Band LNB.

Do you guarantee that these FTA channels will remain free?

Absolutely not. No one can guarantee free channels. You will receive those FTA channels as long as they remain free and not encrypted. We only offer FTA hardware (receiver, dish and LNB). We make no guarantee or claim about the programming.

Are there any Dish Network or DirecTV channels that are FTA?

Almost all of the channels provided by these companies are not FTA. The channels are encrypted and require an authorized receiver and monthly subscription. A few FTA channels are available on Dish Network such as the music channels on www.lyngsat.com/echo7.shtml.

Can I use an FTA receiver to receive premium channels like Dish Network or DirecTV?

Absolutely not. These channels require subscription and special receivers supplied by the service provider. Any tampering with your FTA receiver (whether by hardware or software modification) to try to receive the premium channels without paying is not only a violation of the law and unethical, but also will void the warrantee on your receiver and may hinder it unusable.

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What size dish I need for the Free to air 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.


Where can I find out what channels are available free to air?

There are many free to air channels available in North America on satellites such as Galaxy 10R, AMC4, Telstar 5, AMC3, etc. There are from the USA and from around the world. See www.lyngsat.com/america.shtml for a complete listing of what is available. Anything with an F designation is FREE TO AIR.

How do I find the satellite?

The satellite you want to use will be determined by the programming you want to view. Telstar 5 is a very popular satellite for ethnic channels. Locate your satellite using our Dish Alignment Widget with Google Maps and align your dish to that satellite.

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What satellites are available?

All you need is the the name of the satellite and degree position of the satellite. For example, Galaxy 27 129.0 West. Galaxy 27 is the name of the satellite and 129.0 West is the position of the satellite. See here a updated Satellites List.

Occasionally the satellite name changes, so we usually refer to its position by degrees. Generally, the satellites that are viewable in North America are 61.5 Degrees West to 148 Degrees West. With that said, if you live on the west coast, it would be easier to get a satellite signal from a satellite that has a higher number (129.0 West for example) and if you are in the East, it would be easier to get 83.0 West.

What are the most popular satellites?

AMC-21 125.0 West (PBS channels, some in HD), Galaxy 18 123.0 West (many local channels around the USA, Fox, etc), AMC- 2 & 4 101.0 West (history channel, biography channel), Galaxy 16 99.0 West (Fox network feeds), Galaxy 19 97.0 West (many multi cultural channels, Arabic, Farsi, Russian, etc) and AMC-9 83.0 West (RTN East and West channel, they are retro TV stations).

How do I move my dish to get more satellites and more channels?

If you have a receiver that has DiSEqC 1.2 you can easily see more satellites and more channels by adding a DiSEqC motor to move your dish.


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