But local stations don't own that network programming. So why should DIRECTV and other MSOs be forced by law to deal exclusively with these local stations for material they don't even originate in any way other than as an in market outlet for it? As you say network programming is what most people watch, not these various outlet stations' local originated junk which those in the minority who want it can mostly go OTA for. DIRECTV should have the right to purchase network programming from alternate sources if they wish and beam it to their subscribers in affected markets of these disputes. The government needs to quit protecting this obsolete dinosaur local TV station model with market exclusivity regulations which they use to extort ever more money from the MSOs this way.