Inkahauts, the laws have changed. I never said they changed this week or even the past year. As I said in 1996 accessing Distants had no restrictions. Then FOX Miami made an issue of Distants and brought the issue to head. A pivotal decision was made which started restricting access to Distant stations. Wavers became part of the vocabulary. Later simply living in White Zone wasn’t reason enough to access Distants. It didn’t matter that you lived in a deep mountain valley in the Rockies where no signals could reach, you lived in DNA and that is the only DNA were allowed to get. So yes laws have changed and this week the effects of the law took another toll.
James is providing the justification (for the benefit of our reading audience) I referred to. Note the language James used, which I originally referred to as “Banned”:
- “do not allow importing a signal from another market”
I get the fact that technology advanced to the point where companies gained the capability to deliver Distants. In the 90’s Satellite penetration was low, so little attention was giving to the situation. As the numbers grew, the current situation required a solution. It did so by creating laws to restrict access. So we had problem and found a solution. That solution resulted in Americans being restricted from accessing other parts of America. It is that bottom line that I object to. There should be no law preventing American’s from accessing America. So let me pose it this way, is our audience comfortable with American laws, that tell Americans, what licensed American stations we can watch?
The laws you are talking about where not passed by congress just because. They where pushed though because the local stations felt their product was being hurt illegally after a technical leap changed what could be done. (Distant a could now be gotten via sat)
Those laws where about protecting businesses that had contracts to be sole providers in their area.
Blame the networks for your ban not the people who made the laws. They only made them to make it easier to enforce contracts.
And yes I'm fine with it because it's not banning me from anything as it not a ban. I am not in an area where a product is sold so I don't get it. The laws enforce me from getting it against contracts that have been made.
Other than news there really isn't any show that the majority of people in this country are "banned" from getting in your equation anyway. Almost everything is either delivered via network or in syndication on a channel somewhere in you market.
And you can get most news stations online. You are not banned from any actual information anywhere in this country. And companies decided they ,through contracts, would divi up what source you got them from in certain mediums.
I suppose you think mlb ei and nfl Sunday ticket et al should be free to all as well? Because it's the exact same thing.
I think the main thing is you think the government is the cause for all the rules about distants. It's not. Hollywood is. The rules just made their contracts easier to enforce.