DaveO, currently your simple question has some very varied answers...Yes,it is possible to get just locals IF they are available to you and you are not signed into a promotion which is still active. You will pay an additional "access fee" above the cost of the local, along with any DVR charges and the fees for additional units. All subject to change at any time.
My question is a little premature, but I noticed that Directv will (has proposed anyway) add the Springfield/Holyoke area as locals in 2004. I have both Dish & DTV, and since I got a better deal for HDTV from Dish, I'll be going primarily with them, but in March I'll be able to choose whatever I want from DTV as my year is up. Hopefully Springfield/Holyoke is not just smoke and they will appear soon. I can't get any local stations although I am well within their DMAs.
I also have a triple LNB dish and it appears that Springfield/Holyoke are not slated to go on the new satellite position (121?), so I should be good to go already.
You're right Scott, although that will be at least NBC, ABC, and PBS for me. I will have to consider the 10 bux per month for those.
It really doesn't make much sense. The package should really be the Springfield/Hartford area, and include stations from those areas, as most all people who receive OTA get. Drawing the line at the border that is >6 miles in WWLP's case, and >15 in Hartford's case to the State line doesn't make sense.