looks like hd locals that were sch for the end of the year.... are not happening since this is Dec 29th (I am totally shocked) maybe by the end of 2007. Why set a date when they have no clue or intension of keeping it or a half ass attempt to reach it
You're being generous by giving them an extra day; today is the 30th.
I think a large part of this stems from the fact that DirecTV isn't particularly good about keeping its subscribers informed. Some of it is intentional and other problems are caused by not updating the website. Other disinformation comes from the subscriber community trying to piece things together from "mistaken" spoken or published information
The nature of negotiations with the media is pretty sneaky. A local may agree to the idea of being redistributed, but they like to hold certain conditions secret (like that they want all digital subchannels carried also) until the final negotiations. This puts the distributor in an awkward bargaining position when they've already announced a "projected" availability.
DirecTV has another problem and that is the marketroids overpromising what the rest of the company can deliver. There was a lot of this done to try and drive the stock price up for the Liberty deal. Things will hopefully settle down in the new year and as more precedents are established in the retransmission agreements, things will hopefully go quicker.