not favoringat all. Cable is under "must carry" laws ....Here is the text from the FC website .. Pursuant to Section 614 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended by
the Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 ("1992 Cable Act"), and
implementing rules adopted by the Commission in its Report and Order in MM Docket 92-
259, commercial television broadcast stations are entitled to assert mandatory carriage rights
on cable systems located within the station's market. A station's market for this purpose is its
"area of dominant influence" or ADI as defined by the Arbitron audience research
organization. An ADI is a geographic market designation that defines each television market
exclusive of others, based on measured viewing patterns. Essentially, each county in the
United States is allocated to a market based on which home-market stations receive a
preponderance of total viewing hours in the county. For purposes of this calculation, both
over-the-air and cable television viewing are included....This means that if an area which a cable system operates is within the area of dominant infleunce of two markets the cable systems in that area "must carry" those stations. The tv stations are "entitled" to be carried.
Now, this of course takes up bandwidth. I would imagine cable companies would rather not have to carry the stations of two DMA's . This would make room for other more profitable channels.
Appaently satellite companies are not subject to these rules and only have to carry the stations of the DMA in which a subscriber resides.
DITTO what everyone else said about your misplaced gripes with DBS AND.... have you ever once read up on the subject you are bashing? If you had you might read that if you REALLY know you can't get an acceptable signal, then you should apply for a signal test (assuming they still do this); if you are correct then your problems will be solved.
Uh, he was talking about an adjacent but significantly viewed market. The signal test only applies to your own DMA. Otherwise, I would be able to have them come out here in Illinois and do a signal test for NYC locals.
It's hard to claim a station as significantly viewed if you can't receive it in your area.