Ok, I will admit I don't know how all of this works, so if any of my assumptions are incorrect, please let me know.
I am in the Jonesboro, AR market area. Up until about a week ago, to the best of my knowledge, the three stations actually in this DMA were only on WA satellites, and only SD. The three out-of-market stations we receive for FOX, NBC & CBS are from Memphis, and are in HD on both WA and EA sats (this info is from the list linked in "Dish Network Local Channels List" thread), but of course I get them in only SD since the in-market stations aren't available in HD.
According to the Uplink Activity from about a week ago, the two stations broadcast in HD OTA (KAIT, the ABC station and KTEJ, for PBS) have been added to 61.5 in HD. My dish is pointed west since that is the only place from which the Jonesboro stations have been downlinked until now.
First off, if I understand the listing correctly then the stations are not fully available yet, so I am looking into the future.
So, what is the procedure for getting the upgrade? Right now I have very good signals, and would prefer not to switch to a weaker signal satellite to get the locals in HD. Can some sort of secondary dish be added, leaving the existing one alone?
What I am really wondering is, once the HD locals are available on the EA sats, will I be permitted to get the HD feed of the out-of-area stations that are on the WA? This would work for me, since I have the other two stations in HD OTA anyway, so that would give me HD for everything.
To be clear, I don't do my own installation or anything. Just hoping someone who has been through something similar will be able to explain what has to happen.