How to Buy a TV Aerial

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How to Buy a TV Aerial

A TV aerial is a type of antenna that is connected to a TV and can offer better video and audio reception than cable or satellite signals. Its basic function is to receive the signs from the television transmitter towers that are generally located on hilltops or other elevated places. A TV aerial does not receive other types of signals except for television ones. This signal is converted into the audio and video displayed on the screen of the TV set. By installing a TV aerial, one can get the most of their viewing experience.

The wide selection of TV aerials available nowadays makes it difficult for many to determine the one that would work best for them. Comparing the characteristics of several TV aerials is essential when shopping for such a device. In order to make a good choice that is also a wise investment, buyers should become familiar with the different models of TV aerials and their features.

What is a TV Aerial?

Different areas have different broadcast TV programming available, but in some areas, the image on one's TV may be pixelated. If that is the case, a TV aerial may improve the video and audio experience. One may install a TV aerial on a high point such as a gable wall or a chimney stock, using small brackets and short aerial masts. If the TV signal is weak, a TV aerial may cope with it and offer the viewer a better image and audio. High gain TV aerials can be used for areas where the reception is very bad and, if this is still not enough, a taller aerial mast may be required in order to get over obstructions such as buildings or trees.

There are several signals one can choose from when it comes to TV aerials, some of the most used being UHF, Freeview, Freeview HD, FM, VHF, and DAB. Buyers should first learn what type of signal they need to receive. Combinations of UHF, VHF, and FM are available for those who are interested in getting multiple kinds of signals.

When shopping for a TV antenna, one should also consider how many stations they wish to receive as well as the number of television sets in the house. The aerial needs to be positioned in the direction of the transmitter of the station one wishes to watch. In case a buyer wants to receive signals from stations located in various directions, they should consider buying a rotator for the aerial because it can be adjusted to pick up a particular signal from any direction.

Choosing the Right TV Aerial

Choosing the ideal TV aerial may seem like an intimidating process for many buyers mostly because of the large number of models available. Before shopping for a TV aerial, buyers should first make sure they actually need an aerial. For example, those who have cable or satellite service on all the TVs in their home do not actually need a TV aerial. Comparing different models is essential because this is the quickest way to analyse the pros and cons of the TV aerial one wants to buy.

There are several factors that buyers should take into account in order to buy the right TV aerial. The place where one lives is important, because some TV aerials are best suited for large urban areas, whereas others are better for countryside. For instance, a multi-directional TV aerial that is able to pick up signals from all directions would be a good choice for those living in large cities.

Next, buyers need to decide whether they want an indoor or an outdoor TV aerial. Indoor TV aerials are suitable for homes where it is not possible to install a TV aerial on a wall or rooftop. However, buyers should keep in mind that outdoor aerials have cleaner lines of sight to the transmitters than indoor aerials and, in most cases, they out-perform indoor aerials. In addition to that, indoor aerials are not a good choice for those interested in Freeview reception, even though one can receive some transmission if they are living in an area with a good signal strength. While indoor aerials are small and designed to be placed near or on the TV set, outdoor ones are intended for attic or roof mounting, thus being significantly larger.

The gain a TV aerial can deliver to a tuner refers to the relative strength of the signal and is measured in decibels (or dB). Buyers who are looking for a greater gain should consider models with high decibels ratings. It is good to know that different types of TV aerials can perform better with the help of electronic amplification than on their own. Electronic amplification can be either built inside the aerial itself or purchased as a separate device which is then installed between the TV set and the aerial. This is a good way to enhance the quality of reception, but it should only be used in areas with very poor signal, because the noise is amplified along with the signal and it can be easily overdriven by signals that are too strong.

Types of TV Aerials

Buyers can choose from a variety of models when it comes to shopping for a new TV aerial. The two main things to look for in an aerial are style and type of reception. Some of the most popular aerials are those intended for Freeview and they come in different styles.

Standard TV Aerial

Also known as a Yagi aerial, the standard TV aerial consists of a rod featuring numerous spikey elements at the front and a reflector at the back. This type of aerial picks up the signal from a transmitter and the more elements a model has, the more directional it becomes, being able to pick up more signals. Standard TV aerials are suitable for most places, whether they are in urban or rural areas. They work better with analogue connections and are not the best choice for those who are looking for high-quality digital television reception.

Digital High Gain TV Aerial

Digital high gain TV aerials have two receptors and are a good option for areas where digital reception is a problem. Some models feature up to 100 elements in order to ensure almost perfect signal strength. This type of TV aerial is ideal for areas where the signal is so low that getting reception is problematic. Digital high gain aerials can either receive a selected frequency, such as Freeview, for example, or multiple ones.

Grid TV Aerial

Grid TV aerials are a good choice for those looking for a stable analogue reception in areas with poor reception. Even though they may not be suitable for digital signal or Freeview reception, grid TV aerials are a good alternative to standard aerials. Those who are looking for digital signal should consider buying a high gain Yagi aerial instead of a grid style TV aerial.

How to Find a TV Aerial on eBay

Comparing different types of TV aerials is a good way to pick out the most suitable model for your needs. eBay is a good place to shop for a new TV aerial because it offers a large palette of antennas for all types of TV signals. When looking for a TV aerial on eBay, you are given numerous options for refining your search and this can contribute to a significant reduction of the amount of time spent shopping.

In order to start looking for a new or used TV aerial on eBay, you can enter the words ‘TV aerial’ into eBay’s search bar. You instantly get hundreds of results that you can refine according to your preferences. For example, if you are interested in buying a TV aerial for Freeview, you can simply opt to see only the models available for this type of signal. If you know exactly what brand and model you are looking for, you can enter the name into the search bar to find your desired product even quicker than when browsing all the results.

As there are quite a few things to take into account when buying a TV aerial, you should make sure you always read the product descriptions carefully before committing to buy a certain item. This can help you make the right choice from the beginning and allow you avoid having to return the item because it does not fit your specific requirements.


Choosing the right TV aerial is important when one is looking to maximise the number of local channels they receive as well as to improve the quality of the TV reception. Although the TV aerials are not indispensable if one has access to digital or satellite service, they can be useful in areas without these services or for getting access to local channels that may not be available on digital or satellite television. Buyers should learn the differences between different types of aerials when buying such a device and take into account additional costs such as installation expenses when setting up a budget for this kind of purchase.

Browsing through a large number of TV aerials is a good way to discover the best model for one’s needs and budget. eBay is a great place to do this, thanks to the wide selection of TV aerials available on the website. New and used styles are available and buyers can find their perfect TV aerial in just a few minutes, due to eBay’s user-friendly search system.

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