IowaCowboyWant to go back to IowaPremiumReviews:
Only if you can get reception
Here in Western Mass (Springfield), the TV reception is very poor, especially since the DTV switchover. I have subscribed to Cable since the year 2000 (back when I was living in Iowa) so reception is not an issue for me. My mother's cousin lives in Northampton and she relies on OTA broadcasts. That came to an end when the DTV switchover happened as she lost reception because the DTV signals are weaker than the analog broadcasts. There is a handful of TV stations in Western Mass and some Hartford and Boston stations are considered to be local here as well. WGGB, WWLP, WFSB, and WGBY are all broadcast stations here. With the DTV switchover, the only stations she could get is WGGB and WGBY (because their towers are on the top of nearby Mt Tom) so when she lost reception, she decided to subscribe to basic cable (about $8 per month in this area) so she could get all the local broadcast stations. She lives in a special needs housing complex in Northampton and the management would probably throw a fit if I drilled through the building to put in an outdoor antenna so the best alternative was to subscribe to cable as the building was wired for cable. Comcast recently required basic subscribers to put in DTA converters as well.