SATELLITE HOME VIEWERS ACT (SHVA):
The Satellite Home Viewers Act was passed into law in 1988 and has been updated
several times. The act allows satellite carriers to provide distant network
signals to certain subscribers who are not in the service area of a local broadcast
affiliate of that network. This distant network signal is not the same as your
The 1999 revision to the SHVA act
gave the satellite carriers the legal right to retransmit the signals of local
stations back to satellite subscribers within the same television market. Fortunately,
the two largest carriers, DirecTV and Dish network provide signals of most local
television stations in Knoxville. Homes are deemed unserved, and eligible for
the network signal package, only if they are unable to receive a good picture
with a properly installed outdoor rooftop antenna system.
Lack of a properly installed antenna
system is not a valid reason for requesting a waiver.Waivers may not be granted
to homeowners who lack a standard outdoor antenna system. Indoor antennas or
attic-mounted systems do not meet the FCC standards required by the SHVA.