Originally Posted by cpalmer2k
About the only way to effectively be able to see out of market programming like you want to do would be to make friends with a satellite subscriber in that area that was willing to share a receiver with you. And yes, that opens an entire list of legal issues. But so does the Slingbox. Even then I'm not sure that would help in your situation due to the way the "spot beams" they use work and your location.
I know of a company that does this. They do business all over the state, so they monitor traffic & news from every market. They have DirecTV receivers for Greenville and Columbia and Dish receivers for Myrtle Beach and Charleston.
I've heard of Slingbox legal controversy before. You just connect the Slingbox at a friend's house out of town (with permission) for example and watch the news in your town. That's how the Slingbox works. I don't trust those suckers aka the NAB
because the National Association of Broadcasters
have a bad reputation.
You know, Greenville, SC TV stations does irrelevant
North Carolina and Georgia local news despite South Carolina news. But Columbia, and of course Charleston does 100% relevant
South Carolina local news. I wanted to know news in my own state of South Carolina, not North Carolina and Georgia. Of course our NBC station (WYFF out of Greenville) doesn't carry Kathie Lee and Hoda's Today Show's 4th Hour in the mornings at 10am because they delay the Today Show's 3rd hour to 10am in order to show Live! with Kelly and Michael at 9am live. But WCBD does carry KLG and Hoda, so as Columbia's WIS too (which is not the same after they gave the PINK SLIP to weatherman John Farley and last year to their popular anchorman Ben Hoover who the latter is now at rival WOLO).
I wish I could get the Charleston, SC TV stations OTA with antenna here in Greenwood, SC because I'm over 100 miles from there.
I've heard the FCC is planning on eliminating the outdated Exclusivity Rules
(Network Non-Duplication and Syndicated Exclusivity) and it has become a controversy as well. The NAB and various state broadcasters aren't happy about this, while those fed-up with Retransmission Consent
blackouts are happy about this. Those rules unfortunately prevent a cable and satellite companies from importing an out of market ABC, CBS, NBC, or FOX during impasses/blackouts and it's sad that the consumers are treated as pawns and denied to watch their favorite shows. Recently WCIV was blackout on DISH for a few hours before restored. If it wasn't for Tom Wheeler of the FCC doing something, they would be blackout longer. Also WCBD averted a blackout on DirecTV because they reach an agreement.
WCSC (RF 47/Virtual 5.1) and WCBD (RF 50/Virtual 2.1) are strongly impacted because they have to move to hi or lo VHF band or share with WTAT (RF 24/Virtual 24.1) or WCIV (RF 36/Virtual 36.2) after the March 29, 2016 FCC Incentive Auction.
VHF can go up high as 100 miles while UHF only goes 60 miles.