My Videotron service (all of it, including Internet) was down when I came home yesterday evening. Knowing that I couldn't watch TV or do the alternative, I called Videotron, cut cable TV and bought a crappy little antenna which I am watching TV with as we speak. The representatives on the line tried to convince me that I'd get two channels at most and that they'd be snowy (lies to get me to keep the service) but I laughed and assured them that when I tested with a crappy 20$ antenna I borrowed from my father-in-law, I was able to get Global, CTV, CBC, SRC, Télé-Québec and TVA in crystal-clear 1080i without paying a cent.
Considering two of those channels are the only channels I watch, the 22$ antenna I bought to replace cable is a very good long-term investment. I'd recommend you guys look into doing the same, especially when you consider that all Saturday-night Canadiens games play for free on CBC (which is the only time most of us are actually free to watch) and that there might not even be a season anyway, rendering RDS utterly useless for a majority of us.
Besides, do any of you ENJOY getting the Videotron letter which basically says 'thanks for using our service, we're charging you 2$ more per month for the hell of it' every year?