The real comparison is perhaps the difference between the capital and maintenance cost of an OTA installation (varies depending on application and location)
That's an inaccurate statement since, in my case, there as been $0 maintenance costs and as mentioned earlier the capital costs can be as little as $5.
vs roughly $30/mo for basic cable.
Inaccurate again. That $30 doesn't include the cost of fees like the local television surcharge, HST and the yearly increase fee in addition to having to worry about billing "mistakes" and contracts.
Plus there's the cost of the HD terminal they make you buy/rent for EVERY TV since, of course, unlike the US clear QAM isn't the standard.
Since someone brought up additional channels, there are some channels in the basic package that are not available OTA (Weather, CP24, YTV, Treehouse, many commercial free music, etc) - click on Digital Basic, then the link to "see more channels" to see them all.
Another inaccurate statement. Although there are channels on basic that can't be received OTA there are also OTA stations not on basic cable (or any package). WNLO CW-23 is one example and PBS Think Bright and Well (denied approval by the CRTC).
My point is although a statement may not being entirely accurate it doesn't mean it's misleading.
If you don't think OTA is for you that's fine but there's an entire industry who doesn't like DTV OTA because they know for a, I'd contend, large part of the population either by itself or in combination with online/TV on DVD who sees this as a viable option to the anti-competitive duopoly that has existed in this country for decades.
The BDU's aren't entitled to my business and they certainly haven't earned it.