The FCC has certified DISH Network to deliver distant network-affilated out-of-market TV station signals to qualified subs.
have had to get those signals from a third party ever since a court
enjoined DISH from delivering them after it determined DISH had not been
accurately identifying who did and did not qualify.
Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) included a
provision that any satellite carrier delivering local station signals to
all 210 markets could be deemed a qualified carrier.
In essence it was a DISH-tailored provision to get local TV station
signals to the remaining two-and-a-half-dozen markets where it has been
economically infeasible to deliver.
our review of the record," said the Commission, "we find that DISH is
providing a 'good quality satellite signal' to at least 90% of the
households in each of the 29 new DMAs," which was part
of the STELA requirement.
DISH got a
temporary waiver from the court to fill-in service in markets that did
not have a full complement of affiliates and, gaining that, has begun
serving all those markets.
It has asked the court for a permanent waiver of the injunction as well.
Network is proud to be the only pay-TV provider to offer
local-into-local service in all 210 local markets in the country," said
the company in a statement, "and we look forward to receiving
our distant signal license back from the court so that we can offer a
full complement of the big four networks to our customers in every local
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