As for reception of OTA You could check it with your regular tv if you receive a signal thru an antenna even if its snowy you should be able to get a clear digital signal. The HR10-250 is a solid unit and I don't regret buying either of mine. I would buy one ,If I was you, but that is your choice. (there should be an low cost upgrade path when your city HD comes on). You still receive all your SD locals if you get the HDTivo unless you cancel them which I read that some people do.