Originally Posted by eacalhoun
Tyler, I replied over on the Greenville board. McDowell is in AVL-GPS's market and Wilkes is in GSO. However, I applaud WSOC for doing weather mentions of locales outside their DMA. The OTA signal just doesn't stop at the county line, and I'm sure cable providers in both McDowell and Wilkes carry WSOC. In fact, I believe DirecTV (unlike DISH) has embraced Significantly Viewed in some areas and I believe DirecTV subscribers in Wilkes can get WSOC in addition to their Greensboro locals.
If I recall correctly, Direct TV carries WSOC as significantly viewed (SV) in the GSO DMA counties to include Wilkes, Yadkin, Davie, and Davidson. However, I don't think Dish offers WSOC as SV in these counties. This may be a result of prior litigation against Dish when they were fined for making it too easy for viewers to 'move' when they answered questions in a certain manner.
Through it's local cable provider, viewers in Wilkes are also allowed to watch out of market WBTV and WCCB. But those additional out of market channels are not offered in Yadkin, Davie, and Davidson whether the viewer has cable or satellite. In my view, these rules are draconian, particularly as it relates to outlying counties. This is one more reason to use OTA as a backup or added option if a viewer gets good reception and wants access to more than one viewing market.