Indoor / Outdoor Antennas

Indoor digital antennas are the simplest to set up and tend to be very affordable, with prices ranging from $29.99 to $99.00 on average.  There are a variety of indoor digital antennas on the market to choose from and you may have to do a bit of research before you purchase one that will suit your needs.

Setting Up a HDTV Digital Antenna for Your TV

Once you buy the antenna, go home, unbox it and then set it up.  Set up for the vast majority of digital antennas is incredibly easy. 

  1. Place the next to or near your television
  2. Plug it into the TV
  3. Plug into the power socket
  4. Turn on the TV and watch it look for digital signals and stations. If this does not happen automatically, go into the settings to have it scan for digital signals.

Be aware that the digital tv stream will only come in to the TV that the antenna is plugged into.  If you want to have the signal and broadcasts on other televisions in the house, that's pretty simple to do too.

Setting Up a HDTV Digital Antenna for Multiple TVs

Having your home already wired for cable is a huge advantage when it comes to setting up digital TV across all televisions in your home.  If you don't already have your home wired, this is a great guide from the Family Handyman showing you how to DIY it.
Here's what you need to do:

  1. Place antenna in an area of the attic that will receive the best reception.  If you have purchased a uni-directional, often simply called a "directional" antenna, you should use the digital reception tool to help you determine which direction to point/face the antenna in.
  2. Attach the antenna to the highest point possible to maximize signal strength.
  3. Run the antenna cable into your cable or communication junction box.
  4. Turn on the televisions that will be receiving the broadcasts and let them search for digital signals and stations. If this does not happen automatically, go into the settings to have it scan for digital signals.

The experts at Crutchfield offer the following digital antenna cabling tips:

  1. For the best performance and reliability, use high-quality UL-rated dual- or quad-shield RG-6 cable
  2. Cable should run as directly as possible from the antenna to the tuner;  minimize the number of splices
  3. Avoid sharp bends in the cable as they can impair performance

Many indoor antennas can also be installed outdoors - if you are in an area where HDTV reception may be spotty, purchase an indoor/outdoor antenna.