As Stampeder alluded to above, I assume Paikin''s words got twisted up during the discussion. Though the initial tweet to Paikin asking him about the comment clearly mentions "over the air antenna" and he responds to that with "...ripping off as in stealing".
It's odd...but he now claims that he wasn't referring to over-the-air channels. And he's on record as mr.eous mentions above discussing a clear and factual understanding of antenna reception. So it's likely safe to assume that this is just a case of lack of clarity and not one of spreading misinformation.
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