Originally posted by foxeng
If you need a satellite to receive a DNS station because you can't (for whatever reason) not receive your local stations OTA, and your sat provider has your local stations available to you on their sat, you don't need DNS. The current rules reflect that in the SD world (HD is still being worked out with the digital white area stuff).
D* is moving very fast to complete all 210 markets with SD LIL and is about to start offering HD LIL. E* is trying to keep up. When that happens, you don't need DNS because you will have your local station available to you on the same sat system as a DNS. The days of DNS as we know them are very quickly coming to an end.
I think it's a shame that DNS is coming to an end. Not just because I've had access to them in the past, but it's a matter of conveinence for me.
A lot of times I work second shift and it's nice to be able to come home and watch something on the West coast feed. Yeah, I know there are vcr's and pvr's and all that, but it's just nice to turn on the tv, hit the grid, and see that show that you wanted to see earlier in the evening already in progress. Too, I'm a sucker for news around the nation and like seeing what other markets are doing. But that's just me...
After all, I still watch my locals for news, info, and prime viewing when I'm at home. Personally, locals ota look better than satellite. It's just nice to have the option of catching something at a later time.
That's really the only thing I like about what Pax is doing with their digital bandwith; East/West feeds. I'd love for other networks to latch on to that kind of idea. That's just an idea that I find appealing; utilize your bandwith for compelling reasons and to serve an unserved audience. There are a lot of people out there that work 2nd and 3rd shifts.
Anyways, just my opinion.