General Info about FTA
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The good news is that you don't really need to know very much about how FTA works to enjoy most of its benefits. You can buzz through the Frequently Asked Questions, read about Getting Started, and be on your way.
If you want to learn more, there are a lot of books on the history and technology involved in satellite television in general, and most of that makes great background for understanding FTA in particular. Recent books, such as this April 2004 book by Mark Chartrand can be hard to find and expensive to buy. But older books, often available at your local library, often cover most of the technology almost as well. The Clarke Belt never moves.
Another way to learn more is to surf the FTA links as starting points to much more information. Read all you can, and then if you have questions, post them at a satellite TV forum such as DBSTalk.com, or send feedback.
Nothing beats experience. Once you set up your system, you'll soon see that it usually takes more time to explain what's going on than it does to find a channel that you'll enjoy watching. Have fun!
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