Comparing TV to Radio is apples to oranges. For one thing most of the content is either locally produced live or voice tracked and packaged in a way that's unique to each station. (i.e. shows like On Air with Ryan Seacrest contain the same segments, but they usually air in a custom order and the music that plays around them is different for each station)
I would think the owner of any TV station would be glad to have anyone in the whole country view the station. Look at all the radio stations that we can listen to with any problem. Anywhere from California to New York and the whole world. TV should be the same way.
When it comes to syndicated content like Rush, Imus, Hannity, etc the stations have to pay the syndicator extra for online rights, larger broadcasters like Clear Channel and Cumulus do afford it, but the smaller broadcasters usually black out the programming. Towards the end of his FM run, almost no one streamed Howard Stern online. Throw in sports, most of that gets blacked out too outside of the NHL and select NBA and NFL games.
Edited by KyL416, 12 September 2013 - 12:21 AM.