This old baby-boomer remembers a time before satellite dishes and before cable. I remember our household able to only get thirteen channels ~ and not all of those stations very clear. With hopes of getting what channels we could get and get them clearer, we had to install an UHF/VHF antenna. Ours ran from the ground and attached to the eve of the house. I think my brother Brook installed it back in the early seventies. I'm thinking our old antenna was purchased from Radio Shack.
Though we get more channels and can see almost everything in High Def these days - most of what is shown isn't worth viewing. Out of all the hundreds of channels we have access to today - I'd be satisfied to have just five or ten of them.