Why don't NBC,CBS, ABC have their own cable /satellite channels instead of local affiliates?

We recently could not see NBC programming because of a fee dispute between the local station and the Satellite service. It seems to me it would be easier for the networks to compete if they had their own feeds instead of relying on local stations to carry their programming. I realize this would hurt and even kill some local stations but hey, times change.

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  • Jerry
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    The Federal Communications Commission has issued a directive on National TV Ownership. The rule does not limit the number of TV stations a single entity may own nationwide, so long as the station group collectively reaches no more than 39 percent of all U.S. TV households. For the purposes of calculating the “national audience reach” under this rule, TV stations on UHF channels (14 and above) count less than TV stations on VHF channels (13 and below).

    So for example with NBC's owned and operated local stations cannot reach more than 39% of the U.S. TV households. They are at that limit, as is ABC, CBS. .

    Cable networks are exempt and the major broadcast networks do own cable networks. For example the owners of ABC also owns ESPN, ABC Family and others. NBC was just bought by cable operator Comcast.

    NBC, ABC, CBS can distribute their signal via cable and satellite BUT!!! they have long standing contracts in place with local stations to carry their signal in a local broadcast stations TV market. Local stations collectively, still have the majority of the TV audience, so for now the networks will probably not change a successful distribution system.

    If your local cable or satellite service does not get a network station you can always put up a TV antenna and get the station for FREE.

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Channel 17

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  • 9 years ago

    IF you have the proper equipment AND don't mind breaking the law you CAN get the major station programming direct from their network satellite feeds.

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