As we have moved towards digital signals, the type of television aerials that we need have changed quite dramatically over the years. It used to be the norm to have an indoor tv antenna to receive analogue television. Although this type of aerial can still be used to receive some analogue signals, the move to a digital uhf aerial type of aerial is needed for you to be able to receive digital tv broadcasts. Below we will take a look at some of the different types of aerials and the best kind of aerial to suit your individual needs. You might also find that in some cases the type of aerial or dish that you install will help with other aspects related to the technology within your home, which we’ll go into detail below.
KINDS OF AERIALS
- Digital Aerials
As the world has gone digital, the need for a high-powered digital receiver is necessary in order to be able to receive digital transmissions. In many cases these services are free, but the quality and the speed of the imagery seriously outweighs its analogue equivalent. Begin by checking how good the coverage is in your area, then search the internet or check with your service provider to see what kind of coverage you get.
- Satellite Dish
The tv satellite dish is a great way of receiving a multitude of programmes as it solely relies on a satellite signal being sent to the dish. It does not mean that you still won’t require a tv aerial, but you will be able to receive programmes via your satellite dish.
- Communal Aerials
If you live in a flat or a shared property, you may be able to have one powerful aerial that can serve all of the individual properties. This is a good way of reducing the number aerials that you have in a particular building and it will give everyone the opportunity to benefit from having one aerial positioned in the best place rather than a number of aerials in less desirable locations.
DO I NEED TO REPLACE MY CURRENT AERIAL?
Another aspect that you may need to consider is whether you need to replace an existing aerial. Your property may already have an aerial attached to it and if this aerial is outside, it will have been exposed to the weather elements. This means there could have been damage, corrosion or movement to it which affects its ideal position. In these cases, a replacement may be needed. However, if the aerial that you have is indoors or has been positioned in a loft, it is worth checking if this aerial already meets the grade for receiving a digital reception. If it turns out that you do need a new aerial, there are some basic guidelines that are recommend to fellow:
- Ask someone that you trust for a recommendation.
- Check with a registered aerial installer to see if they can assist with your requirements.
- Check whether the new aerial will have a significant impact on the reception that you are receiving as there may be other factors affecting your reception.
If you are still having problems with your TV reception there may be some other aspects that you need to consider.
- Damage/Poor Connection
As we have mentioned above, check your aerial for damage or loose connections as this is often the main culprit for poor TV reception. It is also worth checking the wiring and the wires connected to the aerial to make sure that they have not come loose with time. Poor or corroded connections can also affect TV reception.
- Too Many Connections
If you have too many splitters and branch outs from your aerial, this can also cause poor reception as splitting the signal received, can lower the quality across your property. Instead try to use boosters where possible to help boost the reception.
- Weather Conditions
Weather conditions can really affect the reception that you receive. Take for example heavy rain. This can seriously affect your TV reception as it can distort the signal in weaker areas. It is worth noting that the poor reception will be short lived and will clear up as soon as the weather passes.
- Interference From Other Products
In your home you may have a number of IT related products. These items can interfere with your TV reception. Some of the items that can be responsible are washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges, fluorescent lighting central heating, water pumps and even baby monitors. If you feel that it may be a piece of equipment that is interfering with your TV reception, then you may need to contact their IT solutions department to see if they can assist your further in resolving the matter.
Although this may sound self-explanatory, trees and hills can cause disruption to your tv reception. Radio and television waves can often bounce off trees and hills and can cause disruptive viewing intermittently. An aerial specialist may advise you to mount your aerial on to a pole as this will give it greater height. This should then help with your TV reception.
- 4G Interference
4G interference can also cause TV reception issues. Many broadband services operate an 800MHz band that can interfere with digital Freeview services. It is worth checking with your local network providers to see if this has been causing issues.
- Engineering Works
Sometimes engineering work can be taking place to improve the transmitters within your area. This work can go on for a number of weeks and may cause reception disruption. Check with your local network provider to see if any engineering work is taking place within your local area.
You should now be aware of the kind of aerial that you need. If you’re still having issues after reading our troubleshooting section, you may need to contact an expert in your area who can help and investigate your issue in more depth.