It's been a month since we cut the cord and we don't miss it at all and certainly don't miss the $114 bill from Dish. This one bill paid for all the money that I put into buying an antenna, amp, cabling and a coax compression tool & stripper. My only other expense has been for 2 Rokus and I'm still on the free trials for Hulu and Netflix. I'll probably keep the NFLX account for $8.99/month. I figure all my capital costs, including pulling (my labor) dual Cat 5e connections and new coax to all the TV locations, will be covered by a little more than two Dish Network bills.
During this time Dish Network tried numerous times to do as they put it, "do almost anything" to keep me as a customer. All I had to do was sign another 2 year contract. LOL. Amazingly when returning the equipment, they want you to climb up on the roof and remove the LNB & switch from their dish and send that back too. Somehow TWC found out that I had canceled Dish and contacted me as well. When the "english not first language" guy reading the script asked who I was going with and they could beat the price, I told him OTA and free, there was a bit of silence. Like hitting a NOP instruction loop in computer code. Apparently the script writer didn't consider this option.
No decision yet on an OTA DVR, but I did purchase a hdhomerun dual and have been playing around with it. If you are happy with Win 7, then Windows Media Center works great with it. A MCE remote on a small PC and you are done. No monthly charges like with TIVO for guide data. On the other hand, it's not really that flexable so I'm still looking at mythtv options on linux.
Since I last reported on my efforts, the trees have come in fully in Charlotte and unfortunately on my lot, I'm surrounded by huge Willow Oak trees. It's all good until the wind blows then my ability to pickup certain channels goes away. This is mostly due to the oddball orientation of having my antenna pointed at Hickory. WSOC which is behind the antenna really takes a hit on this. WCCB, also behind the antenna, isn't nearly as bad. Interestingly, WTVI the 3rd station in this location is rock solid even though it is much lower power. I attribute this to it being VHF and the low band changes I made to the antenna. During windy conditions, I completely lose WUNG and WUNE. I said before that Charlotte is really under served by UNCTV. The stations at the Dallas location are a lot better.
Interestingly the HDHomeRun dual can be stacked so I might end up getting another one and hooking it to my home built antenna pointed in a different direction. This should solve the trees issue and might let me pickup WNSC as well. The software is smart enough to pick the right tuner for the channel you want to watch.
If you are considering cutting the cord, then go ahead and "do it". A year ago I couldn't imagine making this move, but now, I'll never go back.