You don't seem to get it. Your local affiliate couldn't have used their subchannel to show House or Alcatraz because FOX didn't broadcast them. FOX doesn't own the subchannels so they can't force your local affiliate to do it either.
I think you missed this part of my post,
I forgot that FOX was sending NASCAR down the pipe and the affiliate couldn't pick up house to show it on a sub channel.
I do understand, I just messed up on the coming across part.