I'm sure you are exaggerating on the cost of a new antenna system, but I think I spent around $300 for a long-range VHF/UHF antenna, 8 feet of mast, rotator with digital controller and all the hardware ton install an antenna system for my parents. From 40 miles east of Modesto, they can get all the digital stations from the Sacramento market, as well as some from the San Francisco, Fresno and even Bakersfield and Chico markets. My parents leave it aimed at the Sacramento most of the time. My parents did not understand the enthusiasm I had when finding all these distant channels. They also have free-to-air satellite for niche religious programming, which using an RF modulator, is inserted into blank UHF channel slots. Combining the cost of the satellite equipment, distribution/amplification hardware, we may be getting closer to $800 for EVERYTHING providing video to their TVs.