Subscribers to direct broadcast satellite (DBS) television services will enjoy expanded access to out-of-market significantly-viewed (SV) stations as a result of a series of FCC rulings that implement provisions of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act. In a Report and Order adopted on November 23, the FCC mandated various changes to SV eligibility rules that, according to an FCC news release, are “intended to “give satellite subscribers greater choice of programming” and “access to the same locally-oriented programming as their cable subscribing neighbors.” Under the new rules, DBS subscribers need only receive local-into-local services from their DBS provider to receive out-of-market SV stations. As such, DBS customers are no longer required to receive a specific local broadcast station as a condition for receiving an SV station that is affiliated with the same network. The order also eliminates rules that required DBS operators to offer “equivalent bandwidth” to the local and SV network pair, although it requires DBS providers to transmit local network affiliates in high-definition (HD) format (provided that a local HD stream is available) in order to carry affiliated SV stations in HD. Separately, the FCC amended its rules for predicting DBS subscriber eligibility for other out-of-market network stations by adopting a digital Individual Location Longely-Rice (ILLR) predictive model for assessing the over-the-air signal strength of local broadcast affiliates. Noting that no reliable indoor testing method had been proposed, the FCC said it would continue to measure signal strength in accordance with outdoor antenna standards. In a further rulemaking notice, the FCC is also seeking comment on what modifications to the digital ILLR would “improve the accuracy and reliability of its predictions.” While praising the adoption of rules “that allow us to provide [SV] stations under similar terms as cable,” a spokesman for DirecTV welcomed the further rulemaking notice, declaring: “we want to ensure that when our subscribers are unable to receive a local signal . . . they can get their network programming.”