I believe DirecTV also uses spot beams so you may be out of luck in that regard if you change locations. If locals are that important then you can get an OTA antenna to pick them up. I don't know if the DirecTV boxes can tune OTA channels, but the older HR10-250 DTivos could. I don't even know if DirecTV would activate them on a current account, but if they would you could pick one up cheap on ebay. They used to charge $5/month for each additional box on the account, but that may have changed since I had it. DirecTV may have some sort of setup whereby you can switch your locals when you change locations. A lot of people go south for the winter so I wouldn't be surprised if they have some sort of arrangement for snowbirds.