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free-to-air

n
(Broadcasting)
a. a system of television for which viewers do not have to subscribe or pay
b. (as modifier): free-to-air networks.
Compare pay-per-view, pay television
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This would offer a choice to those who desire to access digital Free to Air channels without paying monthly subscription charges while still being able to move up to the Pay TV option without purchasing another device.
That means it can be hosted on pay television, provided there are free to air secondary rights.
No produce was reported from Free To Air in 2006, when she raced again, recording her seventh win from 38 starts in November with a 30.05sec effort at Thurles, from rivals who were all more than two years her junior.
"But with Digital Switchover concluding in 2012, this will result in the widespread availability of a significantly increased number of television channels, many of which will be free to air. Add to this the BBC's Strategy Review, which will cover sports rights, and the Ofcom Pay TV Review, the broadcasting context for this decision is increasingly unclear.
Receiving the shared exclusive rights for BBC and ITV continues the free to air broadcasting of FIFA World Cup tournaments to the viewers of UK television, and also encompassing online and radio coverage.
"All of the FOTA teams believe in free to air," said Whitmarsh.
The scheduling of the channel's prime-time content as well as the channel's visual packaging and creative identity are also designed to appeal to this audience segment."MBC is proud to have built one of the biggest free to air movie libraries in the world," said Tim Riordan, Group TV Director, MBC group.
The system is designed for use in countries with free to air DVB-T channels.
"In showing live and exclusive free to air coverage of five Glamorgan matches, highlights, and extensive coverage of the exciting new Welsh Village Cup competition, S4C will play a key role in the future development of cricket at all levels in Wales."
She agrees that the review of standards is timely given that, in 1990, free to air was the only delivery system-- rather than today's web, DVDs and pay TV.
The dedicated racing channel, owned by 30 racecourses, is presently free to air. Setanta Sports is a leading independent operator of pay sports channels while Racing UK is broadcast on Sky channel 425 but will move in early September.
Additionally the IDTV set has a built-in digital satellite tuner giving the viewer access to over 100 Free to Air channels and services.