The reason to view out of market channels is explained perfectly by Mwdxer. Thank you for the great explanation Mwdxer.
I don't think you understand how and why spotbeams work.
Spotbeams serve two purposes...
1. Allows channels/frequencies to be used in multiple areas.
2. Restricts access.
#2 is really less of a "feature" than it is the reason for why #1 happens, and why Dish is using the spotbeams.
Whether or not they blocked access, IF all the LiLs were on conus transponders, that would be a LOT of bandwidth used up for the LiLs... if you add up all the DMAs and all the LiLs in those DMAs... you have a bunch of channels... and especially if they aren't available to anyone outside of the DMA it magnifies how useless it is to have them on conus transponders.
Using spotbeams means Dish can re-use the channels/frequencies in each spotbeam footprint. It basically allows them to do more with less.
I'm skipping the technical details in the interest of brevity.
They do have some LiLs on conus, for various reasons.. including sometimes the need to supplement where a DMA doesn't have a channel.
I frankly don't even understand why this is a big deal. Why do you want to view locals in an area from which you don't live? The network content will be the same... the only unique content would be the local content, which is less beneficial to you than local info in the area in which you live! Outside of sports... and there are usually other channels or subscriptions that give you access to out-of-market games... there's no real reason to "need" distant locals.
The RV user gets an exemption of sorts... because he can drive to another DMA, and call up and have his DMA switched... and in that case he needs that ability because he isn't getting distant locals, he is just relocating his home regularly!
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Edited by SeaBeagle, 16 July 2014 - 09:43 PM.