Free satellite tv — the biggest myth on the internet.

Free satellite tv — the biggest myth on the internet.

Free satellite TV is one of the biggest myths on the internet and I’ve dedicated this short piece regarding this oxy-moron. There is likely a few reasons you have found this page. You may have seen sites offering free satellite TV, or you may be trying to find information on pirating DirecTV signals. I will explain the latter and I will explain what these sites mean by “free”.

When you see the offer “free satellite TV”, they are talking about a free setup and free equipment offer that DirecTV and Dish network provide. After your system is installed for free there is a monthly fee you must pay for a minimum programming package. At the time of this writing DirecTV and Dish Network offer 3-5 rooms of free setup and free equipment.

The other way you may have found this page is if you were searching for information on the free satellite TV the pirates offer. What they do is program Dtv or Dishnet cards that enable people to get all channels. (hence the name “free satellite tv”) Now they charge you to re-program your card every time you get hit, and you have to pay for the equipment and setup all yourself. You will be hit 1-3 times a week. Only once if you are lucky.

So as you can see, no matter how you slice it, there is no such thing as free satellite tv. Regarding the theft of satellite signals – there is a considerable effort underway by the police force in my city to put a stop it. They just recently raided over a dozen companies providing the equipment used to pirate DirecTV and Dish Network. This just means that the cost and hassle of stealing will increase.

Free satellite TV — an oxy moron to be sure.
Free satellite tv is an oxy moron to say the least. There is no such thing as free satellite tv. Period. For all those who disagree, let me explain. When speaking of free satellite TV, there are two different situations this is used to describe. One is when pirates are stealing satellite signal. Two is when DirecTV and Dish Network advertise free satellite TV.

When DirecTV and Dish Network advertise free satellite TV, they are speaking in terms of the initial setup and equipment. You still have to pay for your monthly programming costs which start at just under 30 dollars a month. As you add on more channels and use pay-per-view the monthly cost grows. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still much better than cable.

When pirates are speaking of free satellite TV, they are talking about using special equipment to get all the channels free. Highly illegal. The problem is that this is not free! They have to buy the receiver, the dish, the LNB, the card, etc etc. Then they have to find a “free satellite tv guy” to re-program their access card(s) every time the satellite signal is hashed. And they “go down” a lot!

What DirecTV does is “hash” the pirate cards with their satellite signal on a regular basis. Usually they hit the pirate cards every Friday night and here is where the “free satellite TV” theory goes out the window. These ” free satellite tv guys” charge a fee to have your card fixed. It can range between 25 dollars and fifty dollars a month. Now add on the gas mileage and your time to run over to the illegal “free satellite TV guy” with your card once a week. Now here is the real kicker. DirecTV will hash the pirates sometimes 3-4 times a week. So now you can end up taking a daily trip to see the “free satellite guy”.

The “free satellite guy” may get out of their illegal business as soon as the heat gets to be much and you are stuck. The interruptions in viewing are endless and annoying. You may enjoy free satellite tv for the odd two week period but most of the time you are running back and forth to the “free satellite tv guy”.

Now for the punch line regarding free satellite TV. Eventually DirecTV will change their data stream and your DirecTV card is now a useless piece of plastic. Maybe you can use it to open an old door. Now the “free satellite guy” has a deal for you. You can get a new DirecTV card from him for whatever price he decides you need to pay. Sound like fun! Oh yes… free satellite TV is an oxy moron to be sure!

  • Paul

    got satelitte direct package last night and it is a ripoff.

  • Bill

    The old style 36 inch dish TV for international  TV   ( Not the ones on direct TV) are supposed to be free You just don’t the same as cable chanels..

  • Jas

    This is mostly true for only the USA. I currently live in Egypt and I was shocked to find out that they do not pay monthly for satellite TV. They buy the equipment and hook it up and that’s it, no more payments. When I tell people here in Egypt that we have to pay monthly for TV in the US they think it’s crazy, and so do I. If Egypt and other countries offer this why cant the US?

  • guest

    I bought the whole system from a Canadian and the direct tv dish and hughes reciever plus “smart card” I didn’t know how to reprogram the smart card so the guy at Radio Shack sold me a 39.99 flat diverter divider but no directions I sympathize with the dtv company but I live in an extremely rural area that receives 2 channels of digital tvand so in effect the feds have penalized the poorest and most vulnerable, senior citizens. There must be someone out there that can show some sympathy and help hook me up! 

  • Petercampusa

    up until a couple yrs ago you could get all dishnet free everything with free to air and bin file but thats all changed

  • Richard Hill

    I’m in the US can you inform me how you set up your system– I’m tired of this system here that just keeps reducing shows and charging more about every 2 months –I currently have a reciever and small dish system– there has to be a way to reset the card inside for more choices
    thanks for any help— 

  • Gordon

    Hi Tom, I’d be interested to knowwhere you are in Europe, and how you got your 2200 free stations. Can you take time to email at

  • pet kemler

    Nice story but i am not buying it. I have only had mine programmed on install. Same goes to 9 other members of my group no issues free sat. I also asked my brother inlaw whoes a COP asked about the crack down on free sat.. He had no clue what i was talking about.. Plus the Bar they all own has free sat so why would they care

  • Kyle

    lol this whole Topic is fucking goofy.

    Thank you for being captain obvious and an idiot who cant do it himself 😛

    one 100$ will get the equipment that’s cheap for having free tv for life

    Two. learn to re program the cards yourself its fucking easy why do you think they charge so little per month because its simple 😛

    Three. if your really really paranoid get a encryption box for your connection and even a scrambler if you really want to then you cant even be traced unless your engaging in things that get the DOD interested

    so all in all this topic is just a guy bitching because hes a dumbass and cant do anything himself

  • Kyle

    And the codes do change weekly in most cases i have yet to figure out how to get it to automate it. anything saying they don’t need to is just trolling

  • amy hayy

    don’t cheat other people…….how many people cheating by u??????????????? pay with your shit to the admin….

  • Ron Barchfeld

    I Agree! Beware of these false Info and also You Tube has mega false Information on there as well. Free To Air is free and also the C band on the big monster (Big Dish 8 to 10 feet) has free channels I guess I should put mine back up because I am not satisfied with Dish Net because of reception problems with trees my big dish was on a pole on my roof and I didnt have as many problems with trees.

  • Shaakir Ciisse

    She is not okay with Obama running the show lols, that why she prefer to secede lol. Nice try.

  • dontcair

    Dude you are all whacked. All you have to do is beg one of your relatives that is going to install dish to get an extra room installed. After the install take the extra receiver, find a dish and point the damn thing, PRESTO. as long as your relative pays the bill you can be anywhere to receive the signal, they can’t tell the difference. I helped a guy point his dish that did this.

  • SrtGuy

    It’s called Free To Air. It uses a setelite dish. It is not “DirectTV”. The equipment is cheap and the service is free. It is legal and publicly available. You can get MSNBC, FNC, CNN, etc. Check it out.

  • Paul Martin

    rRome, what,s the 411 on ftd tv and products needed for same. Been r.o. once, no more. THANK FOR ANY HELP. c.H.

  • John Henry

    There is such a thing as FREE SATELLITE TV if you own a huge dish from 1981 . We have one in use today at my mothers and she can receive roughly 1811 channels from around the world and all her local DTV OTA channels with a simple adjustment of the satellite dish. nothing special her dish has a remote control like a tv adjust it from inside the house .Been going strong 34+ years .


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