I was thinking about the recent agreement by one of the cable operators to pay for carriage of the local ABC station in NY, and agreements with Fox to pay for their locals. In the past the nets would be able to get their new cable channels up on the cable or satellite as compensation for their locals signals, but as they ran out of new channels to develop they decided hard cash is not a bad alternative. I think the law also changed to allow this practice. If this trend continues and the price keeps rising (I read that they agreed to pay Fox around 50c per month per subscriber) then I think it is likely that cable and satellite companies will have a separate line item charge for locals - say $5 per month initially. I personally would not have a problem with that as I have and would go OTA for my locals. With the digital signal being so clear this is not really a problem for many subscribers. If enough people starting doing that it would act as a brake on the locals demands from the cable and satellite companies. It would be preferable than burying the charge in the package price.