Until fairly recently, TV in Australia hadn’t changed much since it was first introduced to the general public in high-end electrical store windows in the 50s. Then, it was a simple matter of bringing your new TV home, placing a standard indoor TV aerial on top, and catching an occasional clear image on an often ghosting and snowy screen.
Now, with the advent of digital television, things are very different. Chances are you are going to need to install an outdoor television antenna to make the most of the digital signal, and ensure you get a clear picture combined with great sound.
TV antenna basics
Unfortunately, there is no single magic television antenna that will deliver quality reception in every possible location. The distance between your home and the TV station transmitter primarily determines the quality of the sound and the picture that appears on your television screen.
Other factors include the height of the transmitter tower, the direction it is pointing in relative to your antenna, the terrain between the tower and your antenna, and the size of buildings that are directly in the path of the signal.
Indoor TV antenna
If you live within a few kilometres of a transmitter, and the signal can reach your antenna without obstruction, you may be able to get quality reception using an indoor antenna. Originally, indoor antennas were designed to sit on top of or near the television.
Now the appearance of indoor antennas ranges from the familiar rabbit-ear models, to newer models that are sleeker and flatter in design. Newer versions are designed to discreetly attach to windows, or they can even be hidden behind the television, although the best position is usually near a window that faces the closest TV transmitter.
Outdoor TV antenna
Outdoor antennas are usually installed on a roof, and if installed correctly will generally give you the best opportunity to capture a clear signal from a TV transmission tower. If roof mounting is impossible, outdoor antennas can also be attached to the side of a house or on a balcony.
Which TV antenna is the best?
Unfortunately the performance of indoor antennas can be adversely affected by many common factors found within a house, such as wall insulation, electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing materials, computers and even people moving around.
Without such obstructions, almost all outdoor TV antennas perform better than indoor antennas.
Keep in mind that television reception quality can vary from house to house, and if your neighbour receives good TV reception with either an indoor antenna or outdoor antenna, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will.
For that reason, it’s a smart idea to get professional advice on which television antenna will give you the best results in your home.
Our trained and experienced technicians can supply and install the right high quality TV aerial for your home. Call us 1800 351 121 to install your TV antenna for optimal reception.