The reason why the distant networks where removed from the guide is because this was the same time when the local channels where mapped in the 700's
Alot of customers where having problems remembering that their local channels where in the 700's so they would be surfing the guide and see the distant networks in Red and would think that DISH Network shut off their local channels and then call the 800# and start cussing out some poor CSR.
In addition, there where alot of customers who saw the distant networks there in the guide in RED and wanted to subscribe to them and DISH seemed like the bad guy when they refused to sell them because they didn't qualify for the channel.
For the people on this forum, this was always a Non-issue. The typical DISH Network customer doesn't even know distant networks exist, let alone care about the SuperStations. You'll be surprised how left in the dark most customers are about their service
Speaking of SuperStations, I couldn't live without them. They are a lifesaver on Wednesday nights when out local UPN affiliate shows some stupid basketball game instead of Enterprise. Its well worth the extra $3
But try explaining this to a new customer, they could care less and simply don't see the value thinking they already get UPN with their local channels