As an example of what I am talking about, the Washington, DC television market, which I live in, extends over quite a large area. It covers all of DC, and parts or Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. In this market, the local channels include channel 4 (NBC), 5 (Fox), 7 (ABC), and 9 (CBS). The local news coverage covers the entire area I just mentioned. If there are school closings in any of the counties, towns, or cities in that area, they announce them. The local weather coverage encompasses that entire region, which is why you have to pay attention because the weather can vary considerably from the mountainous areas to the northwest of DC and the coastal areas along the eastern shore of Maryland. Without a doubt, these areas are in the Washington, DC television market. And yet, in many parts of the market, you cannot get decent/any reception of local channels with an outdoor antenna mounted on your house or anywhere on your land. In some cases, the problem is distance. But, in many, it is terrain. If you live in the valley behind a tall ridge, or on the edge of a tall forested area then even a 100' tall mast might not get you LoS to the nearest broadcast station/repeater. In some case, you might live in an apartment building with no community antenna and no way to mount your own such that it gets reception of local channels.
For a long time now, these people have been forced to subscribe to either cable or satellite in order to get their local channels, paying upwards of $40 a month for the most basic package to get the same channels their neighbors get for free. A service like Aereo could have been a cheaper alternative.
Going back to what I posted, consumers who could already get reception of local OTA channels for free sort of win with this decision since the networks will not pull their programming from the airwaves as they were threatening to do. However, the people who have had to subscribe to cable or satellite to get their local channels, because OTA reception is inadequate where they live, lose with this decision since a service like Aereo is unlikely to come to them, now. So, they must go on paying high rates to be able to view the same content that most of the people in the same market can see for free.
Last edited by HockeyoAJB; 06-26-2014 at 10:12 AM.