This is my "chief beef" with the local stations.
They act like they are the real copyright holders of the network programming they merely act as a local market outlet for, but they are not . I can accept it if the networks want to charge the MSOs fees for this programming since they really own it, but not the local stations or their greedy ownership groups who don't own a thing beyond their local originated programs (and how many subs really want that? ).
DIRECTV and the other MSOs should have the right to import network shows from alternative sources if they can't come to terms with the local outlet station provider or their groups.
It is a bit of a delicate walk. I understand the news for local stations and can see that network programming is the best way for them to stay viable.
As you can tell from my posts, I understand the need for local programming and how they serve the community.
I'd rather see them regulated better. The government grants them a monopoly and then just lets them do whatever they want.