The primary advantage of having an indoor digital antenna is not having to pay a monthly cable bill because these antennas allow viewers to watch many network stations from over-the-air broadcasts. Other advantages include having continuous television reception if the cable or satellite provider is offline and having access to networks when conflicts arise with a cable provider.
The trend toward cutting cable services and saving hundreds of dollars per year is growing in the United States, particularly since the picture quality from a digital antenna can be just as good as the quality received through cable providers. Also, when within broadcast range, viewers can watch many of the major networks available through cable providers.
Another advantage includes the ability to continue watching television when the cable or satellite signal is not available. In storm prone areas, these services are easily lost due to cloud cover or downed lines. The growing disputes between cable providers and networks leave consumers without a favorite network, and having a digital antenna helps to fill this gap.
Clauses in some homeowners association rules often prohibit external antennas, although a 1996 ruling by the FCC states that associations cannot uphold these clauses. Some consumers actually prefer keeping their digital antennas indoors rather than installing them on rooftops.