Originally Posted by tim58hsv
The locals may flourish since the most popular shows are on free tv. If the scenario above were to happen, pay tv customers would buy an antenna to watch American Idol, etc. and find that they can get 20, 30, 40, 50, or more ota channels. Most folks have no idea how ota has changed but they would find out real soon if the cablecos dropped those networks.
Pay tv needs to pay.
Do you really think that after putting up an antenna to get 20-50 extra channels that people will drop their "pay tv" service? Those who put up an antenna to get the locals dropped would more than likely keep their "pay tv" service anyway because of the content on those channels (e.g., ESPN, FSN, Discovery Channel, Fox News etc.).
Lets look at the 50 some OTA channels I get:
3 WB (1 in SD)
2 MYTV (1 in SD)
2 Cool TV
1 Retro TV
6 Religous propaganda channels
Jewlery TV shopping channel
At least 3 different weather channels
4 PBS main channels
12 PBS subchannels (2 of which duplicate exactly in SD what is shown in HD)
2 This TV channels
I think thats 52. But first, the 52 is misleading. Unless local news is on (which I don't watch), there is unique content on about half of these channels at any one time with all of the duplicate networks/subchannels. Throw out the religous channels and its less.
I would estimate that less than 10% of our family viewing time is on these OTA stations. Why? First, other than sports and sports related programming (e.g., The Brian Gregory Show on WHIO), I don't find the vast majority of programming compelling other than a couple of sitcoms my wife likes to watch. I like PBS, but watching WPTO and WPTD is a sometimes painful experience with the lack of bandwidth.
There is just too much compelling content on pay tv. Its impossible to follow any sports team on TV other than the local NFL team without pay tv. The Discovery networks put on top notch programming. The movie channels provide uncensored programming without commercial interruption. Suffice to say I have not interest in ever dropping my "pay tv" service even though I get some 50 channels free, over the air.