It would appear that WLBT SD is on the same spotbeam and transponder as some of the other Lafayette locals. Presumably, the Baton Rouge spot does not provide sufficient coverage of the Lafayette DMA. DirecTV does not provide locals to Lake Charles or Alexandria (yet), so these are not possible alternatives.
HD locals are on a different satellite than SD locals, and the spot beams are configured differently. Thus, the Jackson HD local spot beam may or may not cover all of the Lafayette area. Regardless, DirecTV couldn't import an HD local from another market but not provide that market's HD locals.
All HD locals are on spot beams with the exception of the big four networks from NY and LA which serve as DNS network channels. Unfortunately, the spot beam maps we have for DirecTV are quite limited, and it is difficult to say whether or not the Baton Rouge spot beam covers Lafayette. We do know that Baton Rouge's HD locals are on the 99 sat, transponder 16, so your signal strength on that transponder might give you the answer.
Thanks for the information about the sat and transponder. On Sat 99S and Transponder 16 I get 97% signal strenth but Sat 99C Trans 16 is N/A. I'm guessing 99S is the Satetelite you were referring too?
Based upon that, it would appear that the Lafayette viewing area shouldn't have any problems picking up the Baton Rouge spot beam, unless that spot beam has a rapid drop off at its edges. (I live on the western side of Lafayette.)
What is the process I would need to follow to see about getting a waiver to get WVLA out of Baton Rouge (even if it was only SD) rather than WLBT out of Jackson, MS? Would I have to submit some type of waiver request to WLBT begging to get WVLA, even though WLBT is in another state? Lafayette doesn't have an NBC affiliate so I don't understand why any type of waiver is even needed? Its annoying as heck when programs get interupted by breaking news or weather alerts that don't even remotely effect your family. Or would I need to simply contact WVLA directly and they would "authorize" DirectTV to let me "receive" Baton Rouge's spot beam for NBC?
If my dish is already receiving the spot beam signal how difficult can it be for them to tell my receiver "You may now view channel 33 in Baton Rouge!"?
Sorry for the rant/vent...