Indoor HDTV Antenna

While indoor television antenna may seem like a relic from the past, many people are finding them useful in getting the best HDTV picture that they can. These indoor HDTV antennas have a number of different advantages, and they will allow you to watch television without having cable. You will, of course, need a converter box or tuner if your television is not set up for HDTV, but those are readily available from most electronics stores.

There are numerous reasons why adding an indoor HDTV antenna to your television is a good idea. First, you can find digital television signals all over, although most of them are broadcast in large cities. It has been estimated that 90% of all households can view at least five digital stations. These broadcast stations are, of course, free. They’re no different than the old, standard analogue broadcasts in all respects except for one: the picture quality of a digital broadcast is much better and will not be distorted. In fact, watching over-the-air digital broadcasts is actually better than watching broadcasts via cable and satellite. This is because most of these providers offer their customers hundreds of channels. To send all of these channels, however, they have to compress the digital signal. This actually lowers the picture quality. Off-air indoor HDTV antenna can provide you with much clearer and sharper images.

Some people subscribe to cable or satellite television but only really watch their local stations. However, another limitation of these cable packages is that they don’t always provide all of the local channels in an area. Sometimes, smaller stations or even major network stations are not available via cable or satellite. An indoor HDTV antenna, however, will pick up all local channels in the vicinity. Again, these broadcasts are free—all you pay for is the cost of the antenna and any installation fees incurred in setting it up. There is no monthly bill like there is with satellite or cable.

If you decide to get an indoor HDTV antenna, you may wonder which type to get. The truth is that there is no one type of antenna that will get excellent reception in every area. Instead, your reception depends on how far from the television station transmitters you are and in what direction you are. The transmitter’s signal power and the height at which it is mounted are also factors, as is anything that is between you and the transmission tower. However, small indoor HDTV antennas are often powerful enough to pick up local channels.

While outdoor HDTV antenna will, simply because of their size and the height, at which they are mounted, pick up more channels, they may be more than what some people actually need. If all you’re looking for is to get local television channels, an indoor HDTV antenna will provide everything you need. These antennas come in several different styles. Some are low-band VHF only, while others are high-band VHF or UHF. Low-band VHF is for channels between two and six, while high-band handles channels seven through 13. UHF channels are between 14 and 69. VHF antennas are easy to spot—they are the traditional “rabbit ears” or two long antenna. UHF, on the other hand, are antennas with the circular hoop of metal. The good news is that most antennas are actually VHF/UHF combinations and feature both the long rabbit ears and the metal hoop. They can receive all VHF and UHF channels.

This Indoor HDTV Antenna Review is Written/Updated on Dec 19th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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