You know, a year ago, I would have been a very "Rah Rah" person for locals over the satellites. (DISH and DTV and whoever else wanted to join the fray.) However, since I have seen the light of how great the local broadcasts really are with just my cheap SS antenna mounted in the attic, I'm not so sure I'm as much of a believer. Franklly, since I figured out how to keep my antenna mounted correctly and not falling down (
), dropouts have been MUCH less than my parent's DTV setup (which is pretty good to start out with.)
My point is this: I'm not so sure I think that HD over satellite for locals is such a good idea. They've got to put up more birds to support the bandwidth or somehow figure that one out with the ones they've got - which will probably cost $$ and be passed on to the subscriber - or reduce bandwidth which will reduce quality.
I mean, current ATSC stuff isn't perfect by any means. It has the same inherant flaws as other digital systems (IMHO - mainly delay in changing channels and occasional dropouts).
Yes, I'd like the option of watching Las Vegas in HD if I wanted to (I don't FWIW), yes I wish I had PSIP data for all the stations all the time, yes I wish USDTV would quit eating up bandwidth, and yes I wish I owned my own island in the Carribean and could still get my "local channels", but all of these issues (excluding the last one
) will be worked out over time.
I've been quite happy with my OTA setup, especially since all my digital subscriptions are paid for by those nice people called advertisers.
Now, with that said, I can see me using more channels than are available OTA (I still get our HOA provided Provo cable - which sucks for quality, eg. ESPN hasn't had audio for a day or two), but now that I've seen how good local OTA can be, I can't argue with how things are shaping up, meaning locals OTA and "other" national channels delivered by some other mechanism, be it digital cable, satellite, fibre, or some other means.
I'm looking forward adding FOX, WB (and ultimately UPN if they get their equipment up and running before ST:Enterprise gets killed off) to my "repertoire" of HD programming I watch OTA.