Originally Posted by pb4uski
One thing that I don't understand is why all OTA TV isn't available via the web (commercials and all). We live in a rural area where OTA TV reception is poor. I would like to get my local OTA channels via the web and then dump my satellite provider and then go with Hulu Plus/NetFlix, etc for other programming, but the inability to get my locals via web is keeping me on satellite.
This thread inspired me to look into cable alternatives. No, not the illegal stuff. Today I bought a $15 digital flat antenna(RCA Digital Flat Antenna - Walmart.com
) to see what I would get with it. Simple installation and in a matter of minutes, I have 10 free HD channels. All the major networks, a few public broadcast channels, a weather channel and other stuff. Plus a music channel. And the quality is perfect. I'm amazed what I got for $15. Of course I can get Bloomberg TV via the net to satisfy my financial news needs and other sites like ESPN3 that carries lot's of the same games as on ESPN. I will probably sign up for Netflix for other programming.
My situation is requiring me to spend more and more time at my mom's house due to her failing health, so I can always catch cable programming over there. No need paying $70/mo for cable when I'm simply not at my house much anymore.