You just bought the latest and biggest TV on the market. You are now ready to binge on your favorite TV shows. But when you finally set it up and you sat down on your comfy couch. And click on the remote, and ready to do a Netflix marathon, your TV has poor antenna reception. Tough luck!
This disruption to your much-awaited TV time is most probably due to the antenna you have with your TV. What do you do?
What to consider when choosing the right antenna for you?
Antenna Compatibility with TV Unit
The first thing to consider is the antenna that is compatible with your TV. There are TV units that require high-powered antennas and there are high-powered antennas that are not suited to some types of TV.
Proximity to a Transmission Tower
Another thing to consider is your proximity to the nearest transmission tower. If you are near one, normal antennas should do to get clear images. But, if you are far from a transmission tower, you should get a high-powered antenna. But of course, you have to check first which ones are compatible with your TV unit.
In choosing an antenna, you also have to consider your area and nearby infrastructures. You must make sure that there are no obstructions from the line of sight of the antenna from the transmission tower. Look out for trees, other antennas, buildings, and other infrastructures nearby. These factors will also determine where you will place your antenna if it’s going to be an indoor or outdoor antenna.
Who will do the installation?
You must also consider who will do the installation. If antenna installation is a complicated task for you, better call a licensed professional technician to do the job for you. They will know the exact antenna for your unit, how to assemble it and where to place it to receive the best possible signal from the nearest transmission tower.
Also Read: When do you need to call a TV antenna technician?
What are the types of antennas?
Based on the above criteria in choosing an antenna, there are several options of antennas to choose from.
Indoor vs Outdoor Antenna
If you are near a transmission tower and are confident to set-up a simple antenna at home, then the indoor antenna is for you. But if you are from a transmission tower, you need a high-powered antenna and it is more complicated to set up that’s why it would be better to have a professional set it up for you.
Digital vs Analogue
Antennas differ in how they transmit radio signals from the tower to your TV unit. Analogue antennas transmit signals like radio frequencies over airwaves while digital antennas transmit signals as compressed data thru digital packets.
Very High Frequency (VHF) or Ultra High Frequency (UHF) or a combination
The frequencies received by antennas are measured in megahertz. Any frequency higher than 30 megahertz is considered a very high frequency (VHF) and anything higher than 300 is the ultra-high frequency (UHF). To receive signals at different frequencies, a combiner or splitter is used.
Uni-directional or multi-directional
There are antennas that receive signals from one direction only (uni-directional) and other types that receive signals from different directions (multi-directional).
If you are unsure of which antenna to get, you can always call a licensed professional technician to determine which is the best antenna to use for your TV. And in your area and where to strategically place them to receive the best signal possible. There are lots of benefits to having a professional antenna installer, check the benefits here.