OK, I'm going to give my comments on the linked article by quoting the article below, with my comments (and personal interpretation) inline:
US President Bush has signed into law a $388 billion (E292 billion) appropriations package which includes provisions regarding satellite reception. The new law, the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act (SHVERA) of 2004, gives the satellite TV industry 18 months to phase out a two-dish solution for reception of a certain set of local services, an item that targets EchoStar and its use of two dishes for receiving a select set of local TV channels for a number of markets.
This doesn't really do anything but set up our ability to receive Lil and SV (significantly viewed) stations with a single-dish, instead of a multi-dish setup. Nothing here to indicate a change in who can and can't receive HD distant networks
The act also includes a provision allowing satellite TV to deliver "significantly viewed" stations to consumers who live outside the station's home market. In addition, the new provisions extend for five years the compulsory license that allows DBS services to provide super-stations and distant network signals.
Without getting into the arcane, complex, legalistic and conflicting definitions of "significantly viewed," Greene county, in the latest version of the SHVERA document (at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...CC-05-24A1.pdf
), only has the *local* NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox affiliates listed as "significantly viewed". All of these are already locally broadcast OTA and available on both cable and via DBS Lil subscriptions (along with the non-mentioned-by-SHVERA PBS, UPN and WB networks), and, of these, only NBC (and the non-SV PBS) offers any HD OTA signal (*not* available anywhere except OTA). No joy, here either, I'm afraid.
As for the "super-stations" and "distant network signals" language, there is nothing here except a 5-year extension of the current unremarkable and useless state of affairs, which prevents those of us in at least a class B contour (everyone in Greene county) from receiving DNS in either SD or HD form, without a waiver or a grandfathered DNS service. Hopefully, D* and E* will offer HD superstations to us at some point. Won't help with first-run major network programming, though.
SHVERA also allows for the creation of a "digital white area," which will allow satellite TV companies to deliver distant broadcast digital and high-definition signals to consumers who cannot receive a local digital TV signal.
There seems to be conflicting information and interpretations over whether this language actually was included in the signed legislation, but, even if it was, the language above only indicates the possibility that we can receive DNS and HD programming if we can't receive a local "digital" TV signal. Digital is *not* equal to HD, and the current non-HD-broadcasting affiliates (everyone but NBC and PBS) have been clear that they intend to take advantage of their ability to broadcast SD digital (instead of HD) to prevent those in the broadcast area from legally subscribing to alternative HD sources. All this while they also state that they have no plans to implement HD broadcasts until forced to do so by currently non-existent legislation (including the SHVERA referenced above).
I find nothing in this article to lend support to the belief that anyone in Greene county that wants to will be able to legally subscribe to HD distant networks delivered by a digital satellite service (or a cable service either, for that matter) anytime in the near (or forseeable) future.
Again, I most sincerely hope I'm wrong.