Yes, it is a retransmission fee avoidance tool...
Here in the USA, broadcast was broadcast and was ALWAYS FREE because it was paid for by commercials. Then all the broadcasters decided that they wanted their pound of flesh from all the cable tv providers WHO ARE REQUIRED BY LAW (In NY State anyway) to provide the "Broadcast" and "Public Interest" channels on their cable lineup. In the meantime, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) was "playing with themselves" and never quite figured out wtf they were doing in this whole debacle. Certainly, the broadcasters are double dipping since they have such great programming that it can support 30 minutes of commercials for every hour of programming and they get a pound of MY flesh from the cable operators.
So we are paying for the privilige of watching TV that USED TO BE FREE until there was cable. What a bunch of sock cucking futher muckers on both sides (dyslexia is my friend).
I think I will just spend the money I pay Time Warner to get subscriptions to several online video services and tell TWC AND CBS where to go, and what to do with themselves when they get there.
I assume you folks can figure that out!