Yesterday I connected an OTA signal from a roof-top HD antenna to my HX820. I was able to pull in 54 channels for free to include several HD broadcasts.
Not sure how many people use OTA any more.....but here's what I found:
The HX820 Rovi TV guide is very nice and populates quickly over the internet ( the same if not better than cable or satellite program guide/menu). If I understand the "Recommendations" services on this TV correctly it seems to integrate with my OTA viewing and makes both OTA and pay TV ( e.g., Showtime) recommendations which I can click on to take me to the website to learn more about the recommended program/show E.g., program description, broadcast date, times etc.
At this point I have this TV connected to live OTA programming, internet, bluray player, and PS3. No cable and no satellite. While I do have Satellite service on my other TV--I am trying to use the HX820 as an experiment to see if I can possibly eliminate paying for a cable or satellite all together. ( Easier for me to consider now that HBO's "King of Thrones" or Showtime's "Dexter" is not yet airing...)
So far between all the Sony streaming services, Netflix ($7.99 a month), Amazon on Demand's free video library for prime members, and pay-per-view movie services like Vudu, Qriocity etc. I seem to be doing okay. Also, if I connect my computer to the HX820 I have even more access to various programing both domestic and international on the big TV screen.
Now I need to track how much I actually end up spending each month on these streaming services and pay-per-view videos vs a monthly fee to satellite or cable
. Of course either way I still remain dependent upon a high capacity internet service ( another monthly fee).
Also, with the help of that little 3D button on my remote I am currently watching the US open in HD 3D OTA on the HX820....very nice