Free-to-air files are used to program satellite receivers to obtain unencrypted signals. FTA files are commonly used by people who live in other countries. There are over 3,000 FTA TV and radio channels worldwide.
FTA television requires a receiver, a FTA firmware provider and a satellite dish. To receive high-definition signals, a HDMI cable is also required. It is legal to make FTA files or use satellite receivers, but it is illegal to receive encrypted satellite signals that have been decoded without compensating the owner. FTA files are available from Internet sites that typically require membership to access their custom-made FTA files.