I'm sure how much cable companies pay for out of market locals depends heavily on how much those out of market locals pay the networks for broadcast rights to out of market customers. If the networks are only charging them based on viewership in the DMA, then local stations might charge little or nothing since those additional viewers would be free revenue (i.e. what they collect from local advertisers) That must be the case for WB4CS's cable company, because there's no way they'd carry three markets' worth of locals if they had to pay anything remotely like three market's worth of fees. Those fees are huge - where I live Mediacom breaks out the charges for local channels, which is over $9/month now! Big companies like Directv and Comcast may be able to negotiate better deals with large station owner groups like Sinclair and Gray than Mediacom can, so maybe they don't pay quite that much, but it would still be way too much to carry three DMAs at those sorts of prices.