Originally Posted by tylerSC
Here in GVL SC, I am the only person in my neighborhood with OTA reception. When I mention OTA antenna, they act like it's an outdated relic of the past and banned by the HOA. They think I am crazy when I mention an antenna in the attic. And they don't even know the Charlotte channels exist. They are just content with channels 4, 7, and 21, and sometimes 13. And all the other expensive packages through Charter and DirecTV. But I enjoy all the local and regional channels with OTA, in addition to the cable channels.
My young nephew and his new wife were here this weekend and after seeing what I had on my OTA & MythTV along with a Roku, they were ready to cut the cord themselves. Prior to that, because of their age, had never seen a TV that was connected to an antenna. It was quite unimaginable to them that so much could come down from a simple antenna, free of charge.
My mom, who is old enough to remember when there were no TVs, still thinks OTA means 2-3 channels with wavering pictures, ghosting, and static. She is already using a Roku and wants to give up paying the outrageous bundled rate to TWC for a ridiculously bad, almost unusable DVR but wants to watch the local news. I've got to get down to her house and give a demonstration of how much better digital has made OTA, and set her up with an antenna. I'm thinking of building a grey-hoverman so I'll make two.
IMO, broadcast TV is going to become "cool" again in the future, a nice turn around, but also IMO I don't think that a lot of station management has figured this out yet. Since they have an almost ~18M video pipe to people's homes, they should start thinking of better ways to take advantage of it.