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Unless Congress acts, millions of satellite TV subscribers could turn on their TV next year and miss out on local news, hit shows and sporting events.
On Dec. 31, the law allowing satellite television companies like Dish and DirecTV to carry local broadcast channels expires.
Unless Congress takes action, that means subscribers won’t be able to watch ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox as of next year.
And it’s no sure thing Congress will act.
While renewing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) is one of the few must-pass bills this year, many observers expect it to become entangled in larger fights between cable, satellite and broadcast providers.