When you cut the cord and think about choosing another option for watching your favourite shows then there is a bigger confusion on which one would suit your entertainment needs. The TV antennas have come back again with a rage and people prefer this option firstly because you can watch all of your local channels free of cost and secondly it is value for the money spent on purchasing and setting up the antenna. But the bigger question arises as to which antenna hardware would be suitable for your TV unit so that you do not miss out on any of the favourite channels.
There are multiple factors that needs to be considered before making the final choice. One of the factor which is important to be taken a note of is whether the antenna is directional or multi-directional.This choice would mean a proper research should be carried out by the individual. Directional antennas are said to provide strong range reception when it is pointed towards one direction only which would be towards the television broadcasting tower. Hence the directional antennas are not suitable for receiving signals from the multiple broadcasting stations. An individual can go in for directional antennas when it comes to receiving weak signals from the broadcasting stations. You can also have fit them with a rotator so as to make the necessary changes when the signal is weak. Just slight movement in the antenna can give you good signals.
The multi-directional antennas are also referred to as omni-directional antenna. These type of antennas receive signals from multiple directions thus making it a lot convenient for the viewers. But the downside would be that these antennas may not focus on any one particular transmitter due to which the signal strength would be hampered or weaken. When compared to the directional antenna, the signal strength of multi-directional ones would be a bit weaker. You can go in for multi-directional antenna when you have more than one TV transmitters which are closer to your residence and the signal strength is also strong.
There are also certain models of TV antennas which are a hybrid or a combination of both directional as well as multi-directional. These antennas can receive signal from various directions. These type of antennas tend to configure themselves automatically so as to act more like the directional antennas. Though you cannot call them as efficient when compared to the directional ones but they are also efficient enough to receive the weak signals.
Once you are aware about the difference between both the types of antenna, you can make a clear choice. There is a certain amount of research that you would need to carry out such as, check which broadcasting towers are located in your area and how far they are and also if you have any type of obstructions. Once you are clear about the scenario, it would become easier to make a choice between directional and multi-directional antennas.