Proximity to the broadcasting antenna still makes a difference, along with topography when reception is concerned. In fact, receiving digital broadcasts (ATSC) is a little harder than the older analog system (NTSC) broadcasts. While I could always receive even a snowy picture way back, now a digital one breaks apart/goes way if minimum threshold is not met. The bottom line is you need to verify your proximity to the broadcaster antenna sites using web sites such as antennaweb.org. If you could provide your zip code, we can assist. The site gives you an idea of what type of antenna you will require too.
Essentially though, you ideally would be using an outdoor/rooftop mounted antenna for best OTA (over the air) reception. Internet is currently a no-go as a complete substitute for OTA live content unfortunately. Only select streams/live broadcast are available currently in the US, with the exception of NYC anyway (Aereo service).
If you want to not deal with any sort of infrastructure issues/installation costs as such, you might look into using Slingbox to stream your home cable or satellite content over the internet to your vacation home. There's a thread here on some various user experiences/hardware used. There are also some Slingbox dedicated discussion forums if you look around a little.
First post here. Curious as to the best alternatives to cable TV for a vacation home. I"m paying a ridiculous amount of money for basic cable (20 channels) for my vacation home in ski country. We're there 3 weekends per month.
We basically watch local channels, news, etc. Are there digital antennas that would suffice? If so, which ones? I do have internet service and we do stream with Netflix/Apple TV using an Ipad. Any internet-based options?