Broadcast affiliate

Broadcast affiliate

O or otherwise, that carries a particular network’s programming as an affiliate, or to refer to the status of carrying such broadcast affiliate in a given market as an «affiliation». This is especially the case for network shows airing outside the network’s primetime hours. Some network affiliates may also choose to air season games involving local sport teams in lieu of network programming. A handful of networks, such as the U.

Unlike the modern-day affiliation model with commercial stations, in which network programming is only shared between the main station in a given market and any repeaters it may operate to extend its coverage, PBS is not beholden to exclusive programming agreements with stations in the same metropolitan area. The «member station» model had historically been used in Canada in the early days of privately owned networks CTV and TVA, but the original «one station, one vote» model has largely faltered as increasing numbers of stations are acquired by the same owners. Historically, the sole commercial station in a market would commonly take affiliations or secondary affiliations from most or all of the major national networks. As a local monopoly, a station could become a primary affiliate of one of the stronger networks, carrying most of that network’s programming while remaining free to «cherry-pick» popular programming from any or all of the rival networks. Further, with the ability of digital television stations to offer a distinct programming stream on a digital subchannel, traditional dual affiliation arrangements in which programming from two networks is combined into a single schedule are becoming more rare. One notable exception to the survival of secondary affiliations are stations owned by West Virginia Media Holdings.