Originally Posted by pitviper33
This is one of the exceptionally few cases in the AV hobby where the best option is the cheapest one. When I did my comparison a few years ago, over the air signal was better looking than either DirecTV or Comcast.
OTA has always looked better than cable or satellite, and whenever i install a TV for someone (i'm the resident TV Guy) i often use OTA as a reference on familiar news broadcasts when demonstrating the picture quality they're getting from their TV provider.
FIOS is a very close 2nd behind antenna, and DirecTV is a somewhat close 3rd. TWC is a mixed bag; some areas (like my town and Torrance) get a great picture (better than DirecTV here in El Segundo, ironically where DirecTV is headquartered) but most other TWC areas (like several of their networks in various areas of LA) were formerly Comcast and they have considerably worse picture quality that's actually so poor that it's unacceptable to me. AT&T U-Verse here has mostly crappy HD picture quality and i rate them last. I haven't seen Dish anywhere in the past few years but i seem to remember it not being as good as DirecTV.
Also, no contract, no subscription, and no fees of any kind.
Yeah but also there's no Velocity, no ESPN, no FS1, no TNT, no CNN, no HGTV, no Smithsonian, no Discovery, no BBC, no Nat Geo, no TV Land, no Food Network, and lots of other cable channels that we must have in our home. For a lot of folks, the cheapest option is not the best option, and for me it's not an option at all as OTA doesn't have the channels i watch most. I don't like paying as much as we do, but it's a luxury that we cannot do without.