Free-to-Air (FTA) is exactly what the name implies.
Free-to-Air systems do not require package programming; the
channels are free to view and there are no monthly programming
charges. Free-to-air channels can be broadcast in either
analog or digital signals. Currently there are hundreds of
freely available channels many of which are international
language channels; many others are special interests channels
broadcast in English.
No contract is required and owners
are able to view all the free-to-air
channels that can be received without
limitations. You can also view programming
from various countries and if you are
lucky you may actually get to view
programming from your own home country if
you happen to have been born outside of
North America. You are not obliged to sign
up to a contract.
Overall the free-to-air systems are
better, especially if you enjoy watching
programming in other languages. You can
rotate your dish to the satellite you want
and watch as many free-to-air channels as
you are able to receive.
Free-to-air TV is clearly the
choice if you are interested in
multilingual broadcasts. For example, if
you like to watch Greek broadcasts you
have at least 3 channels to choose from;
many of which are actually also broadcast
over Echostar for a subscription. If you
like to watch broadcasts in Italian there
are over 5 Italian channels available. If
you like to watch broadcasts in Spanish
there are well over 49 accessible in North
America from various countries in the
world. There are over 30 broadcasts in
Arabic, and the list goes on.
Free-to-air television is an excellent
hobby that will keep you busy with endless
hours of entertainment without monthly