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List of American over-the-air television stations

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In the United States, over-the-air television (OTA) or terrestrial television is broken into smaller Television Market Areas (TMA), which are a group of counties or parishes covered by a specific group of television stations. The TMAs not only have full control over local broadcasts, but also delineate which channels will be received by Cable, Satellite or IPTV subscribers ("must-carry" rules). These market areas can also be used to define restrictions on rebroadcasting of broadcast television signals, though with exceptions. TMAs are identified by either by city or cities in an area.

A similar term used by Nielsen Media Research is the Designated Market Area (DMA), and they control the trademark on it. DMAs are used by Nielsen Media Research to identify TV stations that best reach an area and attract the most viewers. There are 210 Nielsen DMAs in the United States, not counting territories.

All over-the-air television is available, for free, by antenna.

Television market area by State

Arkansas

California

Florida

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Louisiana

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

West Virginia

Television market area by District and Territories

 

District of Columbia

Guam