Originally Posted by tylerSC
People's perception of antennas as ugly and unsightly has given rise to these new flat panel style leaf antennas. Which overall have marginal performance at best. Possibly the Winegard Squareshooter and Flatwave Air perform decently for UHF, but not so much for VHF. A real antenna is still most reliably required. But homeowner's associations don't like them either, despite the OTARD ruling.
I think there's some social class snobbery involved in the negative perceptions of antennas.
Reception via an indoor antenna is now, in many places, more feasible than it was in the days of analog broadcasts, but there are some multipath issues with indoor antennas.
Outdoor antennas are not any more unsightly than satellite dishes, but having a small dish mounted on the roof is viewed as being more upscale. HOA's may think that outdoor antennas will hurt property values.
Unfortunately, in some places there is also still the view that poor people have committed some sort of sin and deserve to be poor as a punishment for that.
People have also gotten used to having more than just the Big Four broadcast networks and PBS.
Some people just could not live without the political talking heads on cable TV or without the non-stop sports programming.
But, even apart from those concerns, outdoor antennas are just kind of a hassle.
There are not many professional installers around anymore, and if the antenna is mounted on a rooftop, that can be a hassle when roof repairs are needed. Frankly, if a person has the land to do it and the neighbors don't object, the best setup for an outdoor antenna is to mount it on its own tower instead of on a rooftop.
I'd love to see a resurgence of OTA, but I don't think there's much chance of that happening.
I wonder what the courts will decide in the Aereo case and how that will affect broadcasters and cable and satellite service providers.