Digital TV antennas have come a long way in design and in the ability to receive OTA broadcast signals.
Forget about the rabbit ears, sometimes wrapped in tinfoil (yea, my generation suffered that!) of the past! When the FCC needed to free up analog channels for more radio broadcasts, television broadcasts went digital.
Back in 2009 it may have been a not-so-easy transition but today we are enjoying better reception, better images and high intensity viewing. With all of the advances and offerings in the television market today, there really is no need to subscribe to cable or satellite; just go buy a digital antenna!
Here are the top 5 things you should know about modern digital TV antennas and what a digital antenna can do for your television viewing.
- Broadcast signals are superior to cable and satellite. There are no paid subscription fees to receive over-the-air (OTA) television, and the picture and sound quality is far superior. In addition, OTA broadcasts are free from signal compression used by cable and satellite giving you unadulterated high definition television.
- Discover and unlock new local channels. Cable and Satellite providers do not carry all the channels that may be available in your area. In fact, most broadcast stations offer additional regional programming, absolutely free. These channels include local news, sports, cooking shows, kids programming along with classic TV shows and movies.
- All the major networks transmit signals free over-the-air. You don’t have to pay for some of the content you receive on cable or satellite. The broadcast networks are paid for by advertisers, not subscribers. All your local news, weather, sitcoms, cooking shows, kid’s shows, sports and thousands of movies are available free with an antenna.
- ‘HD’ or ‘HDTV’ antennas are the more common names used for digital TV antennas. All digital antennas receive the same picture and sound quality; we just give them a familiar name. Some broadcasts will be in full HD while others are broadcast in standard definition. The real difference is the uncompressed signal received with an antenna.
- There are channels, and then there are sub-channels. Each broadcast station sends out a signal on a frequency (channel). This frequency will provide many ‘sub-channels’ containing your programming. For example, a channel broadcast on channel 8, would appear on your TV as sub-channel group 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 etc. Each channel, aside from its main service can be broadcasting additional programming on 1 to 4 sub-channels simultaneously.
Digital Antennas Come In Different Shapes, Sizes and Reception Capabilities – Which Is Best for You?Indoor/Outdoor, Attic Mount or Outdoor Digital HDTV Antenna?
Most indoor digital antennas are small and meant to be placed near your television inside the house. Indoor antennas don't perform as well as outdoor antennas due to their size (height mostly) and the fact that they are surrounded by walls. Some say that interference from kitchen appliances, radios and even florescent lighting can degrade any digital signals.
Outdoor antennas have a big advantage over indoor antennas and that is that they are big. I know, that is obvious but did you know that the larger the surface, the greater the reception? Or that the higher the antenna the better the reception? Outdoor antennas are also free from household interference and, signal reception is not blocked by walls.
So it's obvious that attic mounted antennas are in the attic right? Well it's true, these antennas are in the attic. The biggest advantage of this is that you can actually feed all of your TVs when you mount in the attic (and outdoors as well but the attic is easier to access) and, you can move the darn thing around until you get the best reception that gives you the largest amount of channels.