As has been discussed before, simply because locals become available from DirecTV does not automatically require the digital DNS feeds to be removed. Here is a link to the FCC Order in MB Docket No. 05-317, dated January 16, 2008, in which the FCC has specifically stated what the SHVERA statute (47 U.S.C. § 339) says in regard to retaining digital (HD for practical purposes) DNS even after locals become available. Whether or not a subscriber can get DirecTV to recognize this is another matter entirely. Specifically, look at the second half of paragraph 5, found of page three of that Order.http://hraunfoss.fcc...DA-08-111A1.pdf
"Section 339(a)(2)(D)(iii)(III) of the Act also requires that to be eligible for distant digital signals, subscribers must subscribe to the analog local-into-local package, where offered, and receive the analog signal of the network station affiliated with the same network, where available. For new local-into-local markets, subscribers receiving a distant digital signal of a network station can continue to receive that signal after a satellite carrier begins offering local-into-local digital signals in the market only if the subscriber also
subscribes to the digital signal of the local station affiliated with the same network."
As to waivers, the law continues to allow a subscriber to obtain a "waiver" to receive a distant digital feed even if
"the network station affiliated with the same network is available." This is found at 47 U.S.C. § 339(a)(2)(E), where a distant signal can be provided to such a subscriber "if and to the extent that such local network station has affirmatively granted a waiver form the requirements of this paragraph to such satellite carrier with respect to retransmission of such distant network station to such subscriber." This waiver provision, however, excludes distant analog retransmission to subscribers who already have locals but failed to obtain analog DNS prior to having the locals rebroadcast by the satellite provider. This is because the waiver provision (subparagraph (E)) specifically applies only to subparagraphs (A), (
, and (D), but not ©. Subparagraph © is "Future applicability" for analog DNS to subscribers who already have locals provided but did not have DNS before the locals were provided. Subparagraph (D) is the digital DNS paragraph and the waiver provision specifically states that it applies to subparagraph (D). Thus, any subscriber who does not qualify as eligible to receive HD DNS is allowed under the statute to attempt to obtain a waiver from the local affiliate for the digital DNS.