my mom gave me this paper showing a whole bunch of products from viewsat saying it says it can pick up hundreds of satelite channels for free. so i check out its site: http://www.viewsatusa.com/index.htm
this is quoted from the 'Company' tab:
i went to one of its dealer's sites, and it advertises that it has these features:Viewsat® is a high-end DSS Free-To-Air group of products that are imported and distributed in the United States by Viewtech, Inc. Consumers turn to Viewsat because they are regarded as the highest quality equipment capable of providing the latest features in stunning ways.
Asia and the Pacific Rim were the first places in which MPEG-2 Free-To-Air reception was used on a large scale. The difference between those markets and America was that prior to the mid 90s, it took literally very huge antennas to get even a few dozen channels...making TV reception of many channels an impossible dream. MPEG-2 technology was a breakthrough that allowed great reductions in per-channel transmission costs. Mass consumers in those regions never had the chance to spend lots of money on more costly analog equipment. Their first exposure to satellite TV was more often than not in a digital format. Technology has taken a 15 to 20 year learning curve of various stages of analog receivers prior to going to digital.
So the Asia-Pacific market was a test bed on how to get it right, with costs coming down due to companies from the Far East trying to compete for the huge mainland Chinese market, then Europe....now America. Meet the 4th generation of Free-To-Air digital satellite technology - the Viewsat VS2000 Platinum, brought to you by Viewtech, Inc.
IMPORTANT > We do not provide or condone the use of third party software. Using third party software may be illegal and void product warranty. Do not email or call asking about DN, DTV, etc. Our satellite receivers are designed and intended for 100% legal use only. We will refuse sale to anyone whom we believe intends to use our product illegally or sell our products for illegal use.
i'd quote more but i had to type that myself cause the site 'copyrighted' the text. http://www.viewsatwholesale.com/-no monthly fees! never pay outrageous cable and satellite bills again!
-100% free digital satellite reception from around the world!
so.. thoughts? sounds awfully like ISOs.. its for legal use aka not using it. but i dont know. maybe my mom hit the jackpot.