Hi, We've had DirecTV since June of 97 and so far we've been loving it. One of the drawbacks was that our local channels were not on the satellite so we had been using an outdoor OTA antenna to recieve them. In the past few years, the quality of our reception has gone from good to awful. Many channels simply don't come in at all. I was looking into possibly getting "lifeline" cable but I came across some info regarding new locals on the DirecTV 5 satellite. Apparently, the locals for Hartford are on there. What kind of hardware would we need to recieve them? Right now we have a regular 18" Dish with a single LNB and a single Hitachi 2nd Gen DSS reciever. I believe we'd need a new dish/lnb but would we also need a new reciever? My parents are very interested in the prospect of getting locals in a clear manner without having to pay for basic cable is very interesting to me (and more importantly my parents who are fed up with the antenna). I'm only here for a few months but man do I miss my free cable at school when I have to watch Fox with snow and a rolling picture Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.