That is one major reason why I have not switched to DirecTv yet, because they have no superstations, but now not only that they do not have my locals YET, supposed to get them later this year, and it should come with WB, and not require these expensive SuperDishes.
I do not know how they are about the phoneline rule because that would be a problem for someone without a phone. Dish does not seem to be so strict about it even though they sent those letters out they still said I did not have to have them connected and noted it in my account because of the no phone issue. I have heard that DirecTv is more strict about the phonelines and that they will automatically shut off if they are not connected especially if you have many receivers on the account.
I would hate to be allowed to have them without having to have a phone and then later in the one year agreement them try to tell me that I would have to connect them up or else, right in the middle of a contract with them. Why should I have to pay a phone bill each month just to satisfy them? That is another $20 or so a month right there that I am NOT willing to pay, I pay enough already. If I have to pay anymore I wont have the service. Cable does not require a phone line, heck there is no additional monthly fees or no box needed in the rooms you just want analog cable in. No wonder why so many stick with cable. At this rate there will be many if not most customers that satellite companies will not get because of these such things. People have cell phones and cable/wireless/satellite internet service and you can get phone service through your internet service now (unless its satellite).
This is why I decided to stay with Dish Network. Not only that but they allow you to prepay for one year and get a month free, and you can get adult channels annually as well where you cannot with DirecTv unless its just Playboy.