I'm 68 yrs. old. I was OTA when cable was introduced, having studied marketing, I didn't buy into the inducement of commercial free TV. I understood that this could not last long. Commerials are too lucrative to resist.
I had a second argument, I felt that supporting TV for pay could someday disenfranchise the isolated, elderly and impoverished.
Over the years the cost of cable has risen astronomically. I watch cable when I travel since hotels provide it. I'm not impressed.
Instead, I've chosen to buy a laptop, subscribe to Netflix, teach myself new tech by reading wisesgeek and similar sites, use a DSL service with router and am now deciding about an internet ready tv or a blu ray with my current one. I get great OTA selection from both Milwaukee and Chicago for PBS and Network shows. The net gives me access to more information I ever dreamed of outside of a University, the plethora of magazine and news content is mindboggling, the ability to connect with others is something that would not have been imagined 30 years ago. I'm happy to say that my daughter (a medical student) agrees. So I will continue to remain cordfree. I salute you much younger bretheren for having the savvy to reject what really was of little real value in the first place.