This is probably of interest to anyone who has satellite and is wondering if they'll ever see all of the locals carried in HD.http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...CC-08-86A1.pdf
One of the most interesting paragraphs is #8:
"8. We find the satellite carriers' proposal to be reasonable and technically sound. Satellite carriers have documented in the record that immediate HD carriage requirements would slow the rollout of HD markets and limit the number of markets that can be launched. The record is persuasive that subscribers would be harmed by requirements that take effect on February 18, 2009, if satellite carriers are forced to drop other programming, including broadcast stations now carried in HD pursuant to retransmission consent, in order to free capacity or if they are inhibited from adding new local-into-local markets. Therefore, because of the serious technical difficulties that we find satellite carriers face, we will permit them to phase-in their carriage of all HD signals on a market-by-market basis. Specifically, we conclude that by February 17, 2010, a satellite carrier must provide carriage of HD broadcast stations, in HD, in at least 15% of the markets in which they carry any station pursuant to the statutory copyright license in HD. This HD carry one, carry all requirement will apply to 30% of a satellite carrier's HD markets no later than February 17, 2011, 60% no later than February 17, 2012, and 100% by February 17, 2013. Satellite carriers are required to carry each digital broadcast station in the market in the same manner, including carriage of HD signals in HD format if any local station in the same market is carried in HD. In addition, satellite carriers will be required to notify all local stations in a market at least 60 days prior to their launch of HD carry-one, carry-all in that market. Our decision implements the statutory requirements in light of the severe technical limitations faced by satellite carriers."
Since Sacramento is market #20, it sounds like there's a good chance that we'll be included in the 15% requirement in 2010.