Directv just launched a new HD satellite (D11)a couple of weeks ago and it will have increased spot beam capability for HD locals in locals. It's expected to be online by May 1-15. That said, Loacals are only uplinked after an agreement is made with the local OTA stations. The best way to know if HD LILs are close, is to find out if the stations here have agreeded to allow signal uplinks and the equipment in place. My bet is that that is a prett well guarded secret. But calls to 4,6,8,and 18 might reveal something. My guess is we'll have them within 3 months, hopefully sooner.
EDIT. A Directv customer will have to have the new Slimline dish with 5 LNBs and compatible receiver. The D11 sat is @ 99.3 drgrees.