Okay, here is my question. I hope someone here can help me out. I have been with Dish since 1996. I live in the L.A. and it is my DMA local. I subscribe to 2 distant locals, for a total of 3 network areas subscribed to. I was sent a letter from Dish asking me to choose either my local DMA or my Distants. I chose my Distants, and I assume to remain "grandfathered" in. On April 15th I lost my locals. Called Dish, they said too bad it's the new law. America, love it or leave it attitude. (some of these CSR's were in the 5th grade when I signed up for Dish in 1996). I ordered KTLA as a Superstation. KTLA is also a local channel here in L.A. (I wanted some access to my local news). Exactly 48 after ordering KTLA, I began to receive ALL of my locals in L.A. again. So I cancelled KTLA. I made no mention to my Dish CSR about being able to view my L.A. local DMA. Exactly 48 hours later I lost ALL my L.A. DMA for the second time. Next I called random CSR's and asked them if ordering KTLA would affect my status as being "granfathered" in. They had no clue what I meant. L.A. is a local for me, as is KTLA, but they tell me that KTLA doesn't count as a local cause it's a superstation. So I continue to wonder why ordering and cancelling KTLA triggers ALL of my locals on and off. I decided to again order KTLA and guess what? 48 hours later, my L.A locals appeared and not just the Network DMA, but All my L.A. WB's local PBS channels, and L.A. Spanish stations. (as I had prior to April 15th, when they were taken away). So now I call Dish to ask them what my billing looks like. They tell my I have my L.A. DMA and my distant locals showing up on my bill, and I am now eligible to keep it all. My KTLA ala carte fee of 1.50 was removed, because it would be redundant now that I have my L.A. DMA back. On April 15th when this hassle occurred, I was told I had to chose one over the other. Local or distants, now I have a choice? How confusing is that!? I have made many calls to Dish. Some CSR supervisors tell me I will loose my Distant locals in 30 days, unless I cancel my locals ASAP. Others tell me that in 2000, I was grandfathered in and am receiving waivers from my local networks, and I need to do nothing but watch TV and relax with a beer. Who do I turn to? Who do I trust? Dish network has done a horrible job of keeping me informed. So I now turn to the internet, and you kind folks here for help. Am I going to loose my distant locals? I refuse to give up my distant locals, and don't want to be forced to chose! Somebody please help, before we become vulnerable to calling DR Phil for advice, cause our family is broken up over this mess.