said by jagged:
only the big 4 nets have large(er) retransmission fees. And they are barely $1 per subscriber per month per TV station. The rinky dink broadcast stations get nothing or probably nothing over 25 cents
But they used to be free, right?
So in Northern NJ it's now maybe costing video providers over $5.00 for the local broadcasters (using your numbers, no idea what the real numbers are).
Still can get free over the air signals with an antenna (once you buy the antenna of course) and a DTV OTA adapter. I got one of the government subsdized boxes "back in the day" and have it as a back up on an A-B switch to get most all of the Philly area stations.