I logged into my Verizon account and found a forum where they discussed the provision of local HD channels in the clear. A poster listed this website www.silicondust.com/support/channels
to find my local channels. It told me to look on 72-1506 (72-6) for local CBS6 for instance. When I selected that channel directly with the remote (Mag515), I saw the picture for a split second & it immediately went to 6.1 and I had CBS6 in HD. BUT, when I set a recording for that channel (6.1), it was ALL BLACK. I also set a recording for 72-6 for a few minutes and it was all black.
None of the local HD channels listed on that website above on 71.x & 72.x were detected in my channel scan but I did 'get' them on 6.1 (CBS6), 8.1 (ABC8) and 12.1 (NBC12), but as described above, the picture isn't there when I move around with the channel+/- button or set a recording for those channels. I do however get the non-HD local channels (all on digital 63.x) with no problem. Funny how Verizon does that, huh? And PBS HD comes in loud and clear no matter what I do, just not the big 4.
When I tried to delete channel 72 (considering it a 'competing' channel) it would NOT delete (i.e. the highlighted checkmark wouldn't move from add to check delete, even when holding it down for a long time). It also showed both DTV6 and in parentheses CH 72 in the box for add/delete channel manual programming. I haven't but will try to delete the non-HD channels on 63 to see if that works.
So I will dedicate some more time to re-reading the advice in the Mag515 thread about how to program channels and try some more options. Now I'm like a dog with a bone to get this figured out. I have until 20 Feb when The Amazing Race premieres...otherwise my fall back position is OTA.
I did post a query on the Verizon forum to see if anyone has a suggestion or can tell me what I am doing wrong. I will also try to scan for channels on another Panasonic QAM tv with just the Verizon STB and no Mag515...