I used to be pretty hardcore with my antenna rig, but over the years it's just proven too difficult to keep it maintained with the high winds in my area.
I took it down about eight months ago and started just using my Comcast feed that goes with my internet -- actually lost a couple HD channels in the process, but no big deal.
Today was apparently the day that Comcast got real about encrypting the locals in my neighborhood. Fair enough. They win, whatever, right? Well . . . my internet is business internet (Why? A: I need several static IPs). I contact Comcast Business and they tell me that because it's a residence with business service, that I would need a separate residential account for TV. They connect me to residential which tells me that I need to do it on the business account. I eventually get someone who says I could do it for an installation fee and $21.99 a month - for just the frickin locals!!
You gotta be kidding me.
I've been looking at the dish providers trying to figure out who can get me my locals in HD for the cheapest. It doesn't look like anyone sells standalone local service (no surprise). The best I'm finding so far is a Dish Network package at $20 a month that includes what looks about like a basic cable package from 1984.
Are there better options? All I really want is my local news, an NFL game or two, and some background noise for the rest of the time. In fact, I could easily picture myself removing half the channels from the packages I'm finding. Also, I'm on the border of two DMAs, and if I could get locals from the neighboring DMA for a decent price, that would be great.
Any help would be appreciated.