I've had DirecTV for 3 yrs. and my Toshiba 50H81 for close to a year. Last week I learned that DirecTV is to start carrying our local channels by the end of the year. At first I was overjoyed, but then it got me thinking. All our locals (except the WB affiliate) are broadcasting in HD. I do not have an HD receiver yet. $$ is short, but that's another story ... YES, I KNOW I really need HD to enjoy the set. Can someone tell me if local affiliates broadcast in HD over DirecTV, or is it at the locals discretion? I'm trying to plan whether to buy a whole new satellite setup (receiver and dish), or a HD receiver. If the latter, then what's a good, cost effective receiver? (or this that an oxymoron? ) Thanks!