And bringing that back to the topic of this thread ... perhaps BTN should say no and refuse to be carried by DISH.
Perhaps the local stations should just say no ... absolutely NO retransmission of their signals whatsoever. See how they survive without the audience cable and satellite providers give them. Especially in a market where the other stations have said yes and subscribers can more easily watch competitive programming.
Cutting your network off from millions of viewers does not seem to make sense. A relative few may leave for a provider that has BTN ... but there will still be millions of people who will not have the option of watching BTNs commercials and the programming surrounding them.