That would be a gamble for both sides. What many on here seem to forget is customers WANT the locals. If Dish wanted to "call the bluff", they'd take the chance of losing subscribers. I still say while MVPDs do help reach some viewers that couldn't otherwise get the signal, the majority can pick up locals with an antenna. OTA was around LONG before DBS. Something tells me they'd find a way to survive.No you are not mistaken. The station can choose Must Carry or to provide the signal for a fee. If they choose to want the fee then the MVPD aka Dish can refuse to pay and not carry the station. What I propose is Dish call the bluff and say we aren't paying and won't rebroadcast your signal. Then the station gets bupkis, no money and no additional viewers. At this point the station can choose to negotiate a fee acceptable to Dish or can return to Must Carry, meaning no fees above cost. I kind of think that is game Dish is playing be giving out antennas and dongles.
Just a theory.