UCSBGaucho you are diminishing your chances of getting a waiver because you are not understanding the situation. Before you start asking (demanding?) waivers you should understand what a waiver is first.
There is no pre-existing arrangement between D* and any non O&O (read: Santa Barbara) affiliate for waivers. As far as the local affiliates go, they could care less about what national services (Distant Network Service, in this case) D* offers because it has nothing to do with them and their local network broadcast. You must understand that the waiver is an arangement between YOU
and the LOCAL AFFILIATE
that has arguably nothing to do with D*. If you have an agreement with your neighbor Bob that he will provide you all of the bicycles you want to buy, and one day you decide you want a bicycle from across town, Bob doesn't care where you plan to get the bike from. All he cares is that it's not him, understand? In this case the bike dealer across town would be Voom, echostar, D*, whatever. All that matters is that Bob has to agree to let you get your bike from somewhere else.
KCOY pays a fee to CBS in order to have the right to broadcast their content in this area. Therefore, it is KCOY's right to gain revenue if you wish to receive CBS content in this area. By asking for the D* feed, you are in affect telling them that it is your intention to bypass this right that they *pay for* and effectively circumvent their sole revenue stream. Keep in mind that you have absolutely no right
*whatsoever* to get the D* west coast feed because the local KCOY is offered over D*, even if you can't get it over the air. Thus, you are asking KCOY to voluntarily
wave their right to gain money off of you, purely out of the goodness of their heart -- hence the term "waiver."
Here is an excerpt from the letter I sent to KSBY, just to give you the gist. Do not copy and paste it because they will recognize it for sure.
I realize that KSBY-TV is entitled to my advertising dollar, and I also realize that KSBY-TV pays for its right to broadcast the NBC signal in my area. I would like to establish that I do receive the KSBY feed via sattelite through DirecTV's local affiliates program -- in standard definition of course. I have read the page detailing KSBY's plans for over-the-air HD broadcasting, and if and when it is available I would love to receive it.
For some time now I have enjoyed Tony, Wendy, Dave, Ryan, and the rest of the KSBY news and sports staff, and in receiving a separate channel for high-definition content, I would not cease to watch your local programming with which I am accustomed. I simply would like to have an option to switch to a high-definition feed of this fall's NBC's high-definition programming for the times when it is available.
My advice to you now is to do what I said originally, let D* do their waiver work, wait for that little results postcard to arrive, stop meddling with the affiliates, stop making quasi-demands, and go from there.