Installing your Antenna, how to get the best signal?
We often hear the same questions: why am I not getting a good signal? What should I do to improve the quality? What are the pros and cons of installing different antennas? and so forth…..
This blog will give you all the information you need to answer these questions. Whether you are looking for help with indoor digital antenna installation, we have it covered. We can even help you get Digital TV at no extra cost. By the time you finish reading this blog, you will be a master in the art of tv antenna installation.
Location, location, location….
There are three types of TV antennas you can choose from: indoor antennas, outdoor antennas and loft antennas. All have different methods of installation with pros and cons. We recommend you choose a TV antenna depending on your location. Opt for an indoor antenna if you live close to a transmitter in a good signal area. Indoor antennas been the most popular ones, we will focus on these ones for now.
Quick how-to guide
If time is of the essence, then watch our 60 second film about how to install a TV antennas. This how-to guide shows you the easiest and most effective way to install your antenna including how to perform a channel scan (also explained later in this blog).
Installing an indoor TV antenna
This is the easiest type of tv antenna installation as you only have to plug in the coax cable from the tv to the antenna and stand it next to the TV. If the picture still appears fuzzy you can try moving the antenna next to a window. It is best to keep a direct line to the transmitter, so don’t let the antenna get obstructed by (metal) objects. If the picture is still not perfect, then try to place it as high as possible to get a better signal and move the position from left to right until you have a clear picture. Always remember to rerun the channel scan everytime you reposition your TV antenna.
Pros and cons of installing an indoor antenna:
- Extremely easy to set up just connect the coax cable to the TV, followed by a simple channelscan and bobs your uncle!
- Minimal cost and easily portable if moving house
- Does not work in weak signal areas
- Concrete walls can interfere with reception
Finalise your Antenna installation in 3 easy steps
After you have the TV antenna in the right position you have to complete a channelscan to finalise the installation. In just 3 simple steps, you can be watching your favourite TV programme with a clear picture. Here’s how:
Press ‘MENU’ on your remote control (this could be your tv remote control or your STB (setup box) remote control - it’s the one that changes the channels).
Select ‘SET UP’ on the menu. If you can’t find this option, please check your owners manual for specific instructions on how to rescan.
Choose ‘ANTENNA’, then ‘CHANNEL SCAN’ or ‘AUTO TUNE’. Your TV will automatically rescan the available signals which may take a few minutes. Once completed, all your channels will be tuned-in. Don’t forget to rerun the channelscan again if you move your TV aerial.
Add an aerial amplifier
We recommend that you add an aerial amplifier or signal booster to your TV antenna system if you are experiencing signal loss due to long coaxial cabling or the splitting of signals to multiple TVs. Choose a TV antenna with built-in amplifiers or a stand-alone amplifier to work with your outdoor antenna. But don’t use one for the sake of it – if used incorrectly it not only boosts the signal but it also amplifies electric noise and interference. If used correctly, it can really enhance your TV experience.
Hey presto! Happy TV watching!