This is just an alert to AHR readers who've wanted to watch network TV
(NBC, ABC, etc.) but haven't been able to get the signals with an OTA
antenna. (I know, I know...who in their right mind would *want*
watch network TV, anyway?)
We live in a rural area in the U.S. that does not have cable TV, so we
subscribe to one of the big satellite TV services. Getting the
network signals has been a problem, though. We don't live in anyone's
Nielsen market area, so we have to get network TV with an OTA antenna.
Even with a huge antenna on a 20-foot pole, we've been unable to get
decent signals for two of the main networks. This became a problem
when my husband's alma mater was in a football bowl game that was
televised on one of the networks we can't get.
I had tried previously to request "waivers" from the local network
affiliates so we could subscribe to national feeds for those
networks--but, no luck. Except for NBC, my letters were ignored.
This time, when I checked the website for our satellite TV company, I
found a page where I could type in our actual address to see if we
were eligible for the national signals ("distant network service").
Lo and behold, we live in such a remote area that we were already
eligible for two of the four big networks, even without waivers! With
a phone call and the flip of a switch (plus an additional fee), we
were suddenly watching the football game. The satellite company
automatically requested waivers for us from the local affiliates of
other two networks, and, a couple of weeks later, we were getting 3 of
the 4 network signals over our satellite dish. The fourth aready
comes in just fine with our antenna.
So, if you want to get network TV but thought it wasn't available,
check back with your satellite company. Maybe they can help you.