I would say about 15 years ago, it was difficult to find places that sold quality TV antennas, but with the digital changeover, we saw a resurgence in OTA with antennas now available at local computer stores. You also have stores now that deal mostly with OTA products, see Save and Replay, and also Antennas Direct. If these types of stores/companies are still doing well, I would say OTA seems to be viable. Sure chatter on the various blogs has probably died down since the changeover heydays, as the awareness of OTA has plateaued. And good point on using your antenna as a bargaining chip with Bell.