With digital TV being the order of the day, having a free-to-air decoder or satellite receiver is a “thing” many wish for. The reason for this “call” is the fact that, unlike a paid record where one pays a monthly fee depending on the bouquet, the Free To Air option is no such. A user pays a single purchase fee and thereby enjoying a lifetime of digital TV life forever. But, there is one important thing many people leave untouched, and which is the question of “what the best free-to-air decoders are”. And that is what I am sharing with you in this article.
In Uganda and Kampala as a case study, it is mandatory for all to own a digital satellite paid or free-to-air decoder if at all one has an interest, and or interested in watching television. With the new rule in place, all TV can only be accessed through such decoders. Ever since this came into force, Kampalanians and others in the affected parts of Kampala have been looking for ways of migrating to the digital world, something which makes many searches for the Best FTA digital TV boxes and sets with worldwide shipping coverage.
Regardless of whether you are in Uganda Kampala, or in any other country for example Kenya, Nigeria, India, China, Ghana, etc, reading this post will get you introduced to some 5 free-to-air digital decoders and satellite receivers that will help you enjoy the TV world without any monthly fees. Please note, that this list is compiled by me based on the different factors found when I reviewed each of these.
1. PRIMASAT II DIGITAL FREE-TO-AIR DECORDER – 4000 CHANNELS
Features, reviews, pricing, and specifications – PrimaSat II has a range of features. It is sold at a good price and supports more than 4000 channels. The full features and specifications are below.
– Digital Free-To-Air TV and radio via satellite
– 4000 channels memory capacity for 64 satellites
– Digital sound through coaxial output (S/PDIF)
– Electronic TV Programme Guide (EPG)
– ASTRA channels pre-programmed
– Automatic and manual channel scan options
– Favourite lists for TV and radio
– 10 timers with 4 modes
– Teletext, subtitling, audio track support
– Parental control for locking channels
2. STARTIMES FREE TO AIR – ALL LOCAL CHANNELS
Features, reviews, pricing, and specifications – Startimes is well know digital tv provider supporting both free and paid subscriptions. Their single purchase allows you to watch all of your favorite local channels. The box comes with a full-year warranty. More features and pricing are below.
– Price: 4,399 ksh
– Bundled with the 1-month free unique bouquet(worth 1499 ksh)
– Watch over 55 Local channels free forever
– Free radio stations
– No dish is required
– Upgrade to Pay TV and enjoy up to 76+ world-class channels anytime
– Simple plug and play
– One-year warranty
– Dual function: Tablet + Smart Phone
3. ZGEMMA FREE-TO-AIR SATELLITE DECODERS – WIFI SUPPORT
Features, reviews, pricing, and specifications – Zgemma offers such satellite digital boxes with their software. These devices support WiFi. Learn more about the different features below.
– Linux Operating System
– Multimedia plug-in supported
– HDMI up to 1080p
– 1 x Smartcard-Reader
– 2 x USB2.0
– USB WiFi optional)
– 100 Mbit Ethernet Interface
– Advanced EPG (Electronic Program Guide)
– Full automatic service scan
– Various OSD skins supported
– Cool silent fanless running
– Low deep-standby power consumption under 0.5 W
4. FREESAT DVB-S2 V8 SUPER SET TOP – SUPPORT WEB TV,IPTV,YOUTUBE
Features, reviews, pricing, and specifications – Read the detailed features, specifications, and pricing as shown below. Nothing to add.
– 1080P Full HD DVB-S2
– Support Full PowerVu, DRE &Biss key
– Support IP Camera, DLNA, SAT To IP
– Support Unicable
– Support XML EPG
– Support Multi-CAS, USBWiFi, Ethernet, Full speed 3G USB dongle, GPRS dongle, PVR Ready
– Support WEB TV, IPTV, Youtube, etc
– Support Weather forecast, Google map, Jamendo, Yahoo news, Picture, etc.
– Support Network Sharing, Twin Protocol
– 64M Serial Flash,1GB DDR3 memory
5. TECHNOSAT TS 1500 HD FTA DIGITAL BOX
Features, reviews, pricing, and specifications – Technosat has it all when it comes to the world of digital television. Read the features of this set below.
– RF Modulator
– Fully DVB-S & MPEG 2,MPEG 4,H.264 Compliant
– Multi-language OSD
– Multi-language audio reception
– Software upgrades via USB 2.0 interface &RS-232 serial port Standby with low power
– 480i/p,576i/p,720p_50Hz,720p_60Hz,1080i_25Hz,1080i_30Hz,1080i_60Hz,1080p with HDCP copy protection
– TV and radio programs
– Auto-separate list
– High-speed searching program
– Support USB 2.0 PVR
– DiSEqC Control (DiSEqC 1.0,1.2,1.3(USUALS))
– Blind search function
– MPEG layer 1&2,MP3, and Dolby Digital audio decoding
– ISO7816X1(optional) Multicard
The next time you think of migrating to the digital world, and or switching to another provider, considering some of the providers listed above might be very helpful to you. Depending on where you are located and what your requirements are, you can always choose the best one whether on this list or not. Checking on the area coverage, the channel list, other supported services and etc is always recommended before you decide on what to buy. Good luck.