Advertisements While true it is a loophole for UDCPs, it is decidedly a different matter for basic service channels and even moreso for local broadcast channels. UDCPs are a bit of a gray area, but local must-carry channels are absolutely not. This is pretty much black-letter law. Any franchise who puts local channels exclusively on any digital channel - let alone an SDV channel, had better be prepared either to deliver free STBs for every outlet for each and every subscriber in an ungodly hurry, or they had better be prepared to get hit with huge fines. SDV on locals is definitely a no-no. Mike Scott was just being diplomatic. Oh, and it hasn't been "years". Very few CATV systems have had a widespread deployment of SDV for more than a year.