And some better news also from dbstalk:
"I work a 72.5 market so maybe I can help.
All 72.5 locals will be converted to mpeg4 from the 99 orbital slot. DirecTV will start Dual Illumination (locals on both the 99 and 72.5) this month. The official D* schedule is:
Lincoln/Hastings, Ne ------8/20/08
From what I understand only the mp4 advanced equipment will work until software issues are resolved on the D12's to make them pick up the 99. Locals will continue to come off of the 72.5 for at least 8 months after the scheduled date to accommodate the software issue on standard IRDs, and the impending dish/IRD upgrades.
In the Chattanooga area alone, we have roughly 80-90k new dishes to put up. We have put 5-LNB Ka/Ku's up on every install for over a year now and we are getting slimline3's which will make it slightly easier. But there are only about 50 of us working the area.
There is also a general consensus from the higher ups, that nobody has any idea what the hell will happen when locals are lit up on the 99. D12's may not work, may have to wait on D13s, b-bands? etc."
With credits to dbstalk and Johnnie5000!
No certain word as to whether it will be SD or HD, but I'd think (hope) HD.Enjoy, Directv subscribers