More wierdness. Even though the rep said last night that the waiver hadn't come thru, I found a notification in the mail today that my waiver had been granted, said notification must have been mailed out prior to my inquiry to Matt last night. It could be that he first looked for a waiver from KFSN, which is not necessary since they are owned and operated by ABC, then discovered the waiver from KERO in Bakersfield.
I strongly suspect that between the time I gave up on this a few weeks ago and last night, something might have changed overall at DirecTV. I can only suggest you call DirecTV's HD Network eligibility number:
1-800-263-0028 and see if they will let you have ABC HD west.
The rep last night turned it on for me even though he said the waiver from KERO in Bakersfield hadn't come thru, even though it obviously had.
You should be able to get ABC HD west only, since KFSN is the only local affilliate owned and operated by the network.
As for the problem with Lost and Alias, I noticed the screen went black several times, and figured it did so because they were trying their damndest to get the HD up. I've been HD capable since Sept. of 01, when KFSN was the only local station with a digital signal at all, let alone HD. Things were a lot worse then. Audio was almost always badly out of synch and picture breakups occurred every 5 or 10 minutes on a good night.