I have used OTA for HD for 10 years, with DirecTV for everything else, mostly because the first OTA HD tuner I bought on clearance supported DirecTV and decided to give it a try, and back in Boston, cable was horrible. I just cut DirecTV a week ago.
For us, DTV's fights with Viacom/Fox were a pain... she lost her shows, and while we have OTA HD, apparently the "season passes" I setup via the mobile scheduler were grabbing the DTV signal, so while the show came in, I just got "this channel is off the air." Off season, we used to watch lots of the crap on the "cable channels," but with a few kids, we just don't watch that much TV.
Does Premier's OTA tuner suck? I have no idea, my antenna is a dual bowtie I bought at radio shack 7 years ago, I get all the major AND minor networks, plus some strange ones like Ion that seems to just show a few shows in 8 hour blocks, kind of neat, we missed two seasons of Leverage (forgot to set back up the season pass after a hardware swap), and catching up there. I get all the networks I want, plus some stuff I didn't know exist. We're in South Florida, so most of the other OTA channels are Spanish language, no interest to us, but lots of programming.
My two AM-21s are for sale on Amazon.com.
I had lots of movie channels, then I got Netflix, and always had 3 DVD/BRs at home, and didn't need movie channels to try to DVR, I can only watch one at a time... I cut back to basic. Now with Hulu + OTA, what do I need DTV "content" for?
The DVR hardware was crap, when it broke, I lost all my programming, I had to schedule a technician to come out... totally aggravating.
I bought two premiers on Tivo.com Clearance for $100/each, I pay $28/mo to Tivo, $8/mo to Hulu when my 6 months is up, and $8/mo to Netflix (which I had anyway, we streams kids programming occasionally).
Why not Lifetime? I remember when Tivo was hot (and my ReplayTVs before that), new hardware came out, and you felt married to it for Lifetime. You can sell/upgrade, do an upgrade program, whatever. I had a 12 month commitment, plenty of content, and I can decide what to do then.
My biggest issue is the Tivo interface. I want Hulu/Netflix (at least Hulu) integration into My Shows. The Hulu/Netflix app take forever to load. My issue with the Apple TV was that I loved the interface, they didn't do Hulu (they opened it up the day after my Tivo's arrived), and I had to pick by content provider, not by content. Tivo's SEARCH is perfect, Tivo's My Shows (formerly Now Playing) is not. I LOVE that Tivo Suggestions caught a show, two clicks later I'm streaming older stuff on Hulu.
Just fix the My Shows so I don't have to launch Hulu/Netflix to see my Queues and it's PERFECT.
I wish Tivo was more "open." I can get ESPN3/WatchESPN for sports on my Comcast Internet feed. I just can't get it on my Tivo. I might buy a few Rokus or whatever to watch sports (note, @ $89 for the Ethernet top of the line one it's less than 1 month with Comcast/Dish/DTV) and other stuff. I'm not sure, but I'm pretty happy with my media choices and hardware choices.
I didn't want to go back to DirecTivo and the crippled Tivo. I don't need junk.
If I could get a USB BluRay player for my Tivo, I'd pay a pretty penny for it, just to ditch my awful BR's slow ass interface. But I can deal.
My wife told me my complaints were asinine. She is happy, she can stream from Netflix without switching inputs, remotes, etc. A few weeks ago, she had to turn on the DVD player, switch TV over, wait for it's slow interface to load, find the Netflix app, blah blah blah. Now she hits Netflix, waits 60 seconds for the queue to load, and she's all set.
I am disappointed that Tivo isn't "kicking ass and taking names" compared to the rest a few years ago, and Hulu seems to have some issues with stability, but the content is there, the price is great, and the lack of aggravation is better.