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.Looking at that uplink report from early this morning, it appears that there are a couple of Texas locals that were on spotbeam and moved to ConUS transponders, and in the process 10 HD PPV movie channels were taken down. But only taken down on Western Arc. Eastern Arc still has those channels.
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.