I feel I'm in a Time warp. Always running behind the curve.
We only had OTA in the 70's when my friends families were getting cable. For $2.50/year (IIRC) they had lots of channels and I envied them. Funny though, I recall many of their channels had awful quality. Especially channel 10, the community channel, man, it was godawful quality.
WE moved and had pre-paid cable at the new house for 2-3 years. I got used to it, it became part of my life. Every where I lived ordering cable was easier than an OTA install. Life went on merrily this way for 20 years. My last place OTA was one, maybe two channels on a good day so cable was a no-brainer.
Things changed big when the cableco cut me off....I'm glad they did as my bill was $45/month for the basics and a few special channels. Looking back, I wish they cut me off earlier.
In mid 2007 I got BEV on a friends 'n family deal and for the price I was happy. I don't know what happened to BEV nor do I care but in 2008/2009 channels I paid for just disappeared with no credit, the speciality channels cut WAYYYYYYY back on buying programming. I'm guessing the financial crisis and the fact Canwest was broke and owned many of the specialities was the reason the programming quality died.
Things were getting ridiculous. If you want to watch CSI, don't bother to change the channel, it will eventually air...Life was running Intervention, History channel airing movies, APTN showing the MATRIX repeatedly, Showcase and Bravo were interchangeable, what a useless mess.
Guess I'll continue my BELL rant....when I moved they screwed up everything, internet, landline, satellite, billing, you name it. I spent 20-30 hours of my time on the phone, doing without services off and on for a couple months. I finally realized Bell was the problem, not the solution and I switched out my internet, landline and mobile. But we had no TV and two teenagers.
WE tried watching tv on the computer by downloading and streaming but that was a pain. We wanted a simple tv like solution. Thus my OTA hunt began. The rest is history. We have enough channels to keep us happy until the transition (we'll have more right once the hi-pwr analogs go off and the digis take their place? right?)
So pros and cons.
Pros: FREE TV! Like the 70's. Enough on to find something to watch. Not so much on you end watching just for the sake of watching. I feel like a kid again experimenting with stuff. That's really cool. Can't put a price on it.
Better pvr then BEV. My laptop now holds 125+ hours of HD content with a 1tb external hdd. I can expand that cheaply and easily with more drives. Commercials can easily be removed. I'll miss the movie channels but Netflix is coming so I can choose the movies I want. Much better.
NO dealing with Bell/Robbers ever!!! We went from $140/mo in services (tv, internet, landline) to $45/mo (phone/internet). Almost $100/mo. in MY pocket!!! That's enough coin to send us on a week long island inclusive vacation.
Cons: Speciality channels. I might miss some but since they're rapidly turning to crap in a few months it won't matter.