Why can't Dish provide NBC and ABC feeds from stations that have been granted carriage while you negotiate with Hearst? At least we would be able to watch Network shows. Local programming is not very important anyway. We have other sources for local news, but we really need the NBC and ABC Network feeds.
That doesn't make sense. For many years we did not have an local ABC station is this area. During that period, Dish provided a feed from a non-local ABC station 200 miles away. The FCC allowed that.
La FCC Ã¨ mobile, qual piuma al vento, muta d'accento, e di pensiero.
In English, the FCC changes like the wind. In the past this was allowed. As you might imagine, this made it difficult for companies such as Hearst to engage in their bullying tactics, so of course they paid a few members of Congress to eliminate that option. This is why the video says the only way to change this is to contact your Congresscritter. They made the mess, they need to fix it.
Getting congress to do something for the little guy is near impossible. Perhaps the best solution for us is to boycott Hearst stations and their advertisers. Of course that's also near impossible to organize, but I plan to do it personally.
If the FCC won't allow Dish to deliver out-of-area locals, why can't Dish simply carry a direct NBC and ABC network feed (i.e. not from a local station) as they do with CNN, FOX and a bazillion other non-local sources??
One thing you can do is when the Hearst station comes back, watch a couple shows, make a note of the advertisers (especially any local ones), and drop them a note letting them know the dates the advertising they paid for wasn't able to be seen by first DirectTV viewers, then Dish viewers.
As for why Dish can't carry a national network feed, that's simply not how it works, that's the change that was made. It is no longer an option.
I would think that network/affiliate contracts would probably have a clause that gives the affiliate pretty much exclusive rights to broadcast a network's shows in a region to prevent the kind of thing lmunix is suggesting. I'd want a clause like that if I was a network affiliate. Cable networks have no affiliates to worry about. Either way it's all about the money. Broadcasters refer to viewers as "The product" to make sure no one working there forgets who the customer is.