Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:54 PM
So, here we have technology which allows someone to view any over the air TV station anywhere in the US. Tough, there are spot beams; it is technologically possible for me in Longmont, Colorado to get a TV station in New York City.
Let's face it, with the merger of the media industry, locally owned TV stations have more or less gone the way of locally owned radio stations. If you watch KUSA in Denver, their newscast is no different that the one at WUSA in Washington DC (both owned by Gannett). Yet, there is an appeal to watch out of market TV, besides newscasts and network shows; local produced programming and movies.
Though, when I was a DSIH subscriber, having access to the Superstations, watching news from LA, Boston and New York proved useful and some cases valuable. While Denver is reporting the Broncos, or a wild fire, wall to wall in newscasts, and something was going on in New York, I could watch that coverage.
Yet, the NAB is about making money and limiting competition. The government is bad, until private industry needs the government for their pocketbook. Trying to get a waver is impossible. Where I live, I have two choices satellite or Comcast. Getting over the air is next to impossible. But, the FCC, forced by the NAB, still use coverage maps for analog TV to determine which zip code is in which market area fro Satellite.
So, again paid lobbyists, and a [paid off Congress, will support the big media companies. Yes, we live in a free market system, but that free market is manipulated to the betterment of profits. Another case where the so called land of opportunity lacks an even playing field.