Directv can do distants if you qualify. Dish cannot. Dish lost a lawsuit 3+ years ago because they were giving distants to folks who didnt qualify legally. Dish now subleases 2 TP's to All American Direct (which is part of NPS) to offer distants to folks who qualify
If I want any networks I can sub through NPS. Im grandfathered in from back in the old analog days before any rules . If you had them at one time before the rules you automatically qualify, I did. I have quite a history with NPS since I go back to 1991 or so with them. Does work in my favor sometimes.