The television may seem obsolete with all the content available online. However, the TV will always keep its charm. The initial frustration of checking the TV guide for the shows you want to watch when turned on its head can be like a Kinder Surprise. You can surf the channels and find yourself rekindling an old love for a series you watched when you were younger or immersed in new information. Don’t forget that the channel surfing was the original rabbit hole.
Enjoy free entertainment by installing an aerial in your home. Since not everyone has the luxury of owning their place an outdoor aerial or satellite dish might be difficult to swing, but indoor aerials can work just as well.
How Do I Install An Indoor TV Aerial?
First, purchase your materials: an indoor aerial, adhesive mounting tape or other equivalents, and extension leads/cables. For more than one TV connected to your aerial, you need a splitter, coaxial cables, and digital converter. When purchasing your materials, do further research about what type fits your needs best. Indoor aerials come in different shapes and sizes, consider your location and living space before purchasing.
If you want the best TV reception, you should opt to hire professionals like Aerialforce for aerial installation in Manchester. DIY-ing it could lead to you getting subpar signals or worse, you just break your new aerial. But if you insist on doing it yourself, here are the next steps.
Connect Your Aerial Cable To The Back Of Your TV.
Read the instructions carefully, there are different models on the market, and there could be extra things to take note. Generally, after you assemble your aerial, you plug it into the back of your TV or set-top box. Your TVs have built-in features to assess the signal you receive, and you can use it as a gauge for finding the best aerial spot. However, it has been advised not to rely on your TV meter. When you are struggling to find a signal, consider purchasing a signal strength meter which is inexpensive and easy to find.
Identify The Best Location For Your Aerial.
Aerials depend on height, angle, and location to get the best signal. Let’s tackle them one by one. When looking for the best spot for your indoor aerial, make sure it is not directly beside your TV, put distance between them. Look for space on tall furniture like open shelves, bookcases, and the like. Try to identify spaces that have the least amount of obstruction, both indoor and outdoor ones. Indoor obstacles can be your things cluttered around your aerial’s area and thick insulated walls, try to find a space near your windows. Now past your windows, there could be houses, buildings, trees, and other similar blocks–try to avoid those as well. When checking for the right position, stay at a distance. Being too close or being in front of your aerial could affect how it functions.
Once you have found the best spot for it in your home, look for the right direction and angle for your aerial. When in doubt, look at your neighbours. If they have outdoor aerials or satellite dishes, look at the direction they are facing, that is most likely the nearest TV transmitter. When there are no visible examples to follow, you can search online for TV transmitters near you, jot down several options in the closest proximity and do trial and error. Once you have found the right spot, secure your aerial with adhesive mounting tape or anything similar. Try to make sure that the furniture is on top and doesn’t move around as well.
Tune Your TV.
With aerial up and running, scan for TV channels. There is a lot of content available, but your location and the aerial connection limit you. You can go online and check the channels that are available in your postal code. If you don’t have the channels on your TV, but the guide says you should–your aerial could use some adjusting.
The UK uses terrestrial multiplexes (mux) to package channels in a group. Mux is an efficient way to share bandwidth, when scanning for channels look for BBC One, Channel 4, ITV HD, Drama, Dave, Ideal World, Shopping Quarter, and CBeebies HD. Each channel listed is available in specific multiplexes if you have one you can get the rest packaged with it. There are over 70 channels available from local news channels to series from the US.
Indoor aerials are a mixed bag, but when done properly you can enjoy the wide range of shows provided by digital terrestrial media networks. For homes who enjoy the moments of disconnect from the online world, is there a better way to enjoy your days off than binge-watching TV or connecting to the radio? The nostalgic sap says no.