That was quick -- sorry it didn't work out. As I said I didn't think it would, but I would have LOVED if it did....
I did email Direct TV again about it and they said sorry and confirmed that it was because of space.
Now with that said while looking around at some sites this weekend there are some issues with the new satellite. The speculations are that the fix they came up with can be applied to the spot-beam satellite as well (which apparently didn't reach expected capacity). The stuff is a bit over my head as it got real technical
but they are doing stuff the next 1-2 months that people think will open up to more local channels. I am hoping it will work and expect that we will know before the end of the summer which means BEFORE football season