The Ultimate Digital TV Antenna Guide

Written by admin on December 16, 2017 and posted in Tech.

This article details how to watch network television using over the air digital signals. For a more comprehensive guide on everything, you need to know about enjoying all the TV and movies you want without a cable TV subscription, check out my guide to cable TV alternatives.

Update: If you want to hear my account of what using a TV antenna entails, check out our TV Antenna episode of the Grounded Reason Podcast. It’s free! Click this link to listen on iTunes. If you don’t have an iOS device or iTunes installed on your PC check this show notes page for other options. Click here for TV Aerial Installers Wigan.

Over the Air (OTA) TV signals are what many of us grew up watching before Pay TV convinced us all we needed cable. Did you know you can still OTA TV for free?  Did you also know that broadcast TV signals are in crystal clear HD? Furthermore, it’s free!  We can all watch local TV channels without cable, all you need is an OTA TV antenna and digital tuner.

The majority of you already have a digital tuner built into your TV. Any television made after 2007 has a built in digital tuner, as mandated by U.S. law.  If your TV is older than 2007 and you aren’t ready to upgrade, you can look into getting a digital converter box.

Before we continue, check if there is an antenna already on your roof.   Find the cable coming off your roof, and locate where it comes in the house.  Connect that cable to your TV and scan for channels. Be aware you should ensure the antenna is properly grounded. If you don’t have an antenna or need a better one, read on. Click on any of the topics below to navigate to that part of the article.

Contents of this Guide

  • How to Choose The Best TV Antenna
  • The Best TV Antenna for You
  • Important TV Antenna Topics
  • TV Fool: A Deeper Look
  • TV Signal Loss
  • Where to Install an Indoor Antenna
  • Antenna Gain Vs Amplifier Gain
  • Types of TV Antennas