If they're available free OTA, then it doesn't matter whether they're carried on satellite, does it? Everyone can already receive them. Of course, I'm being sarcastic. Satellite and cable offer a useful service to customers by providing improved, simplified reception of broadcast stations...and charge you a fee. Local network affiliates are the most-watched stations on cable and satellite. Does it make sense that they would pay to carry little-watched specialty channels but get to carry the most-watched channels for free? Running a TV station is not free. Stations must pay for network and syndicated programming, not to mention salaries and overhead. Why should someone be able to take that product for free and sell it to someone else? If you don't want to pay for it, then you can always watch with your antenna.