I'm a big fan of WNBC's NY news also. I use to watch the 11pm news most nights. They focus a lot on "national" stories and not solely on just local NY news, so it was a good way to end the day.
A week into this new "DNS" world my experience has been mixed. I'm on an RV waiver, but because of the time I signed up I only got the East Coast DNS stations. I did also get my real "locals" however, when I'm the spot beam for them.
Now I only get WCBS, WNBC and WNYW. I got WABC for most of the week, but it disappeared a few days ago. I also got channel 394 which they switched over to a CW Plus feed as opposed to being the DC CW affiliate. I was starting to like it their 10pm block of "Seinfeld", but it disappeared sometime in the last two days too.
One major change is WCBS is now blacking out a lot of syndicated programming that isn't network produced.
I lost everything. I had the grandfathered west coast feeds of ABC and CBS from when D* offered HD networks to a bunch of people before HD locals came out - - I lost those late on the 31st. I also had both East & West FOX and NBC from a waiver from before locals were made available (that stuck with my account through 3 changes of service address over the years - - I'd also had ABC and CBS E&W but dropped them to just the free west feeds to save a few bucks a few years back) - - those went away on the 4th, so I now have no distants.
Wasn't a bad 20 year run. To be honest, I would only use them for some light timeshifting and occasionally to check in on the news in the big cities sometimes - - it was certainly a "nice to have"... I honestly really wanted the Superstations on E* for the longest time, but since I had all 4 nets E&W on D* I never switched... And I'm glad I didn't. I haven't watched the other superstations in years but I imagine they became very generic as well.