As of Thursday, June 3rd, Dish Network declared that it had activated local-to-local delivery of broadcast TV signals to subscribers in all 210 television DMAs. That brought a hearty round of applause from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
“For more than a decade, NAB has worked for expansion of local-into-local television service in all 210 TV markets across America. Local TV broadcasters provide both the highest-rated entertainment programming as well as local news reports that can be lifesaving in times of crisis. By offering each of their customers access to local TV stations, Dish Network enhances localism and preserves the enduring values of broadcast television,” said NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton.
As previously reported, the final 29 markets to have local-to-local fired up by Dish were: Alpena, MI; Biloxi, MS; Binghamton, NY; Bluefield, WV; Bowling Green, KY; Columbus, GA; Elmira, NY; Eureka, CA; Glendive, MT; Greenwood, MS; Harrisonburg, VA; Hattiesburg, MS; Jackson, TN; Jonesboro, AR; Lafayette, IN; Lake Charles, LA; Mankato, MN; North Platte, NE; Ottumwa, IA; Parkersburg, WV; Presque Isle, ME; Salisbury, MD; Springfield, MA; St. Joseph, MO; Utica, NY; Victoria, TX; Watertown, NY; Wheeling, WV; and Zanesville, OH.