...D* is dropping the ball big time IMHO, by only adding the big 4 in HD...
I've gotta go along with you. It seems like a boneheaded strategy to me. Since the only things needed to add the other local HD's in each market are more receivers, I'm not sure what they think they are gaining by holding off on the rest. Maybe they want to roll out ASAP everywhere, but there is no technical way skipping a couple of channels in each market could speed that process up enough to matter. Ka bandwidth is wide open, and fiber backhauls aren't squeezed either.
Plus, they run the risk of the continued perception being no WB, UPN, or PBS, even after they add it later on. People will think "they don't have it" because they launched without it, even though they do (or will by then). Maybe they just can't get the equipment they want from their vendors, or enough of it. Ironically, were that the case, they would be experiencing some of the things we as customers experience.