Why do people pay for local channels when you can get them for free with an antenna?

I do not live in the US and am mostly just curious so this might very well be a very stupid question.

As far as I have understood, ‘locals’ refer to local affiliate channels that air local content as well as nationally scheduled content from the OTA networks like ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

Though, it seems like a lot of people care about either getting locals through cable or streaming. Now, I might just be an ignorant foreigner but I am curious. Why do people decide which live TV service to choose based on the locals.

Are the local channels not easily available everywhere because of bad antenna reception perhaps, or do people simply like to have all of their live channels under one roof.

If this is in fact a stupid question, feel free to laugh a bit at my idiocy and continue scrolling.

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