"There is good programming on local TV ... good NETWORK programming. Stuff that if the network decided to pull and place on a cable/satellite channel next year would make local TV obsolete. When the network affiliation distribution model falls apart that programming will continue to be delivered ... without the local station. It seems that now the most popular programming on "local TV" isn't local at all ... it is just stuff the station bought via an affiliation agreement." Sounds like you live in a market with some really crappy affiliates. Care to tell us what DMA, so we know which ownership to blame? Some of us work very hard to do broadcasting right, and being all lumped together is a bit unfair, don't you think?