I notice that it is only SD feeds that are being moved from spotbeam to CONUS. Perhaps this is part of some preparation to drop those SD feeds completely, and make those markets HD-only, requiring everyone in those markets to switch to MPEG-4 equipment. This could also be part of the reason behind Dish's decision to allow subscribers to drop local channels, so that those subscribers who don't want to upgrade their equipment won't have to keep paying for locals that they can no longer receive. The removal of the HD PPV movie channels is strange, though. At one point, Dish had dropped down to only five SD PPV movie channels, then it was expanded to ten SD PPV movie channels, which is still a lot less SD PPV channels than there had been before. So, I would have expected Dish to completely eliminate the SD PPV movie channels before removing any HD PPV, thus giving subscribers even more incentive to upgrade to MPEG-4 equipment if they want to watch PPV movies.