Why isn't Viasat, Excede or Wildblue listed on the A&E website to activate such on Amazon Fire Stick?

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Because A&E is asking for your TV provider not your Internet provider - the service is free to participating TV providers - in other words you pay; in a world where free doesn't mean free and unlimited doesn't mean unlimited but up to does in fact mean up to, you effectively pay for it through your TV provider and you'll be asked to verify your TV provider account to complete activation.
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yep....almost all of those channel apps you have to have a TV subscription for content (or a password ;) of someone with a subscription).

Some channels will have limited access to their library but it's going to be most of your broadcast OTA channels ABC, FOX, NBC, CW, (Not CBS, they charge for all access) and even those will ask for a TV provider login to watch older episodes. 

There are a few apps that gives you "free" TV (aka internet videos) like Pluto and popcorn TV but most are going to require a login/subscription like Netflix, Hulu, Prime, ect to watch the content.