Abolish The Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act


We believe that the Satellite Home Viewer Act (recently the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 aka SHVERA) is unfair. Do you have family members living in different states or children going to college in other states? Wouldn't it be nice if you get the local channels from other cities (for example, New York City locals in Los Angeles)? Unforunately, it's against federal law to provide out-of-market local channels to "served" households who subscribed to satellite (DirecTV or Dish Network). We think that the law is unfair and violates free flow of information. We want changes in the law. But lobbyists like the National Assoiciation of Broadcasters don't want changes in this law because they said it would hurt "localism". The Satellite Home Viewer Act (SHVA) must be repealed or declared unconstitional. Also the distant network restrictions must be lifted and the waiver system be abolished.

Every single American deserved to watch out-of-market locals on satellite (CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, CW, MyNetworkTV, PBS), even "Time-Shifting" (for example a person living on the west coast wanted to watch "The Today Show" live at 4:00am Pacific/7:00am Eastern from an east coast station rather than waiting three hours later to watch the taped-delayed version at 7:00am Pacific from a west coast station). The law saids if you have local-into-local stations on satellite, you will be unable to get the distant network feeds (from New York/Los Angeles) of the four networks. We have no choice but to get them. But how would you feel if your favorite television show is pre-empted (or not carried at all) by the local affiliates? (for example, NBC affiliate KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas does not show the NBC series "Poker After Dark") We need alternatives. That's why we urged the House of Representives, the Senate, and the President of the United States to make some changes that every American (including Boat Owners) should watch distant network feeds of CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox from other cities in your area.