Many people ask themselves the question what Free To Air Receiver should I buy? Every day, countless people ask this very question. We will address this below.
I-LINK 8000/9000/9000 Plus is very stable receiver and does only SD or standard definition. You need to buy a Dongle adapter in order to do home media streaming. The receivers cost around 170.00 to 220.00
2) CNX Nano 2
CNX Nano 2 has built in ethernet adapter, so you do not need an external dongle, it is a solid device, it functions as a PVR but you need an external hard drive to record content to.
3) Sonicview elite/premier
Sonicview is a stable and reliable brand, it does freeze often, but it had spurts that it works wonderful. The Sonicview dongle has really come down in price, and you can pick up a combo for as little as 200.00.
Dongles allow your receiver to connect to the internet. It also allows you to do home media networked streaming from your computer to your television. Many people use it to play Music, show pictures, show videos and other content from your computer to television via your receiver.
Keep checking back on our FTA Blog for the latest Free to air news! You can also find out the latest information on FTA FILES, we also have a great FTA FORUM.
There is an abundance of speculation in the FTA Forum and FTA industry whether or not that the Viewsat V-LINK will save Viewsat.
Viewsat has lost a lengthy and arduous court battle and many of its north American distributors and programmers whom made the FTA FILES are either in jail currently and have had millions of fines against them.
As Viewsat legal troubles slowly reared their ugly head towards their company, companies like Sonicview, KBOX, ILINK, CNX, and others have provided their customers with IKS Dongles to access FTA and allow their recover to have an internet connection.
Viewsat missed the boat on this device, for about a year, while their competitors flooded the market with new dongles and new FTA Receivers to compete.
The FTA Receiver market used to be dominated by Viewsat, for three years they were the popular brand most new people to FTA first got. It had an easy setup procedure and was quickly understood how you could maintain this box over the long term.
Once Nagra 3 occurred, and stand alone files became useless some machines never lost their strides due to their existing online infrastructure, such as Nfusion. Many companies rushed out devices to gain a huge market share. Many of the dominant companies during the Nagra 2 iteration such as Coolsat, Captiveworks, Viewsat and others never released a dongle and have seen lacklustre sales over the last year.
Companies such as CNX, Sonicview and ILINK increased the number of units purchased and with internet dongles became the dominant players in the Nagra 3 iteration.
The Viewsat V-LINK arrives close to eight months after Nagra 3, and most people have already given up their old receivers and bought new ones. Some loyal Viewsat owners have been patiently waiting for a new fix to arrive, and it has! You do have to buy a Viewsat V-LINK dongle though.
The Dongle costs around $110.00 and plugs in the back of your receiver, there is support only for the Ultra and Ultra-Lite right now, with support coming in the near future for both HD devices. There is no word on support for older models such as the Extreme, PRO, 7000, Platinum and others.
With the cost of the dongle equalling a new receiver, our advice is to upgrade to a more current machine that has been stable for the last six months. Companies such as CNX and ILINK have their infrastructure working very well, and have all of the quirks worked out. You can expect with a new system with the V-LINK that there will be months of growing pains, freezing, and days of outage as the new servers accommodate heavier loads of traffic.
Stay tuned to our FTA BLOG for further developments
It is our thought that Viewsat missed the boat not releasing IKS files or a solution faster, and has downgraded their status and visibility in the market place. If they can weather the storm of legal troubles and everything else and come out on top, still remains to be seen.
It has built in ethernet, so no more IHUBS! The New Sonicview Line of FTA Receivers now has built in Ethernet, much like the Nfusion Line of Receivers had! This should make setting up the new Sonicview Receivers very easy! These will need FTA FILES to work which you can get at the goodfta fta forum
Now, there is a rumor that these are only for Amazonas, they are not on sale yet, so there is no clear indictation this will work for American and canadaian channels. more to Report soon!
sonicview 8000 hd
Sonicview 8000 HD Pro Series
Everything you could want in an HD enabled receiver, and now with LAN! This dual tuner receiver is one of a very small group of receivers able to be used with an ATSC antenna. Now, with LAN enabled, transfer mp3 or image files, play chess, and seamlessly upload factory software directly from your receiver!
Sonicview 360 Elite Pro Series
Lan Enabled! The 360 Elite Pro is capable of all the same great features of the Premier Pro Series, but the Dual Tuner allows you to record one show and watch another!
Sonicview 360 Premier Pro Series
The Sonicview 360 Premier now comes with Lan! Download factory software, play chess, view images from your computer. All straight from your Sonicview receiver!