See, I've got a large antenna on my roof, but the antenna wires have fallen off over the years -- and I can't climb on the roof to hook it up because the shingles are in such bad shape. I know what you're thinking, but I really don't think twenty bucks a month or so will make a huge difference in the cost of replacing the shingles.
Best option to keep me from pulling my hair out over television reception:
Keep messing with rabbit ear antennas and lousy digital reception for free
$19.99 per month (Dish) for 120 satellite channels (but for only one year)
cable TV (Mediacom) at around $15 for the basic basic (12 channels, if they still offer it.)
Pay thirty bucks or so for an outside digital antenna and hang it up on the side of the house -- maybe it'll help despite the trees.
SkyNet will take care of your reception problems.