Pay TV? You don’t need pay TV. Just ask Sinclair Broadcasting, which is taking part in a five-state “broadcast liberation tour” to remind consumers that they can access dozens of local broadcast TV channels via an advanced digital antenna in high-definition for free.
Sinclair is partnering with TVfreedom.org and Antennas Direct on the tour that includes Little Rock, Ark., Macon, Ga., Charleston, S.C., Asheville, N.C. and Baltimore.
A day after going dark on Dish Network, the Sinclair Broadcast Group and the satcaster appear to be on the path to a new retransmission agreement and have mutually lifted the blackout that left about 5 million Dish customers in 79 markets nationwide without Sinclair channels.
Dish subscribers in 79 markets across the U.S. won’t be watching 129 local Sinclair Broadcasting stations for a while as the latest contentious retransmission battle between an operator and broadcaster has gone public again.
Sinclair stations went dark on Tuesday, as the broadcaster had warned its viewers who use Dish might happen. Sinclair affiliates include a number of ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW stations in 36 states.