Where to begin with all this.... First, faking your television market has no relation to buying an out of town newspaper. Newspapers are not awarded franchises to serve a particular area. The area a television station serves is protected by law. Thus, faking a move is indeed fraud. You not only take the legally entitled subscriber fee away from the TV station (which doesn't amount to a hill of beans, and is insignificant in small numbers) but if somebody else takes your unfortunate advice, and they are issued a ratings book from Neilson, it could cost the TV station tens of thousands of dollars in revenue. One subscriber. If you want your TV stations to get better, purposely circumventing the law, thus taking money away, would seem counterproductive. All 4 local affiliates have seen staff cuts in the past two years, and need the revenue to which they are legally entitled.
Additionally, the audio problem was not WPBN or WGTU's fault. It was on Direct's end. They had equipment in many markets that was not compatible with the signal being provided. I have learned from many other Direct subscribers that is has now been fixed, and locals are crystal clear now, just like Green Bay.
I doubt that any of you have the attention span to have read this far, but if you have, be aware that the upcoming battle between Fox O and O's and DISH network will likely force an audit of satellite service addresses.