How to find the right TV antenna for you

There are a lot of factors, an individual has to consider before they go in for the selection of a TV antenna. Few of the factors that need to be considered include, what type of antenna is required, antenna gain, internal or outdoor antenna. the antenna format and other things.

VHF v/s UHF:

When you have to select the antenna, you would be asked to make a selection between VHF and UHF. Many-a-times, it may seem to be a practical option to say both. But it is important to know exactly what you would be getting for the money that has been spent. Currently there are quiet few number of VHF channels whereas there is a rise in the number of UHF channels. Most of the TV antennas available in the market are capable of picking up both type of frequencies. Also most of the local broadcasting stations that were earlier using the VHF frequencies are now going in for adoption the UHF frequencies. The main reason for doing so is because both the type of signals would not be able to coexist in the similar space. Today, the best option is a switch to the digital signals since it would ensure that you get access to all of your current stations and at the same time get access to other TV stations which were earlier not made available due to analog signals.

Directional and Multi-Directional:

When you have to make a choice of TV antenna, there would be a need for selecting between directional and multi-directional antennas. For some it may be a problematic task to decide between the two. Directional antennas mostly aim in one direction wherein they tend to offer strong reception signals. But these type of antennas are not good in picking up signals from multiple direction. Directional one is mostly suitable for those who prefer to pick up weaker signals from one receiving station. Multi-directional antennas can receive signals from all the directions. There is no need to point them in one direction. But since these antennas pick up signals from all of the direction, there are chances that the signal strength would be less when compared with the directional one.

Non-amplified v/s Amplified:

Amplifiers are mostly used when there is a need for receiving strong reception signals. There are few amplifiers which are built in the antenna model whereas some would need to be purchased as a separate device itself. The non-amplified antennas are mostly suitable for those who live nearby the TV broadcasting station wherein they would receive strong signals. It is mostly suitable for those having less interference. The amplified antennas have to be plugged in with the power cord. These antennas are mostly able to pick up directional signals even from long distance. It is best suited for those individuals who stay far from the broadcasting station.

Indoor v/s Outdoor:

The indoor antenna is a best choice for those individuals who reside near the broadcasting station. Also it is suited for those who do not have enough space or a rooftop to install a bigger antenna. Indoor antennas are compact and can be positioned discreetly in the room. They do not take too much space. On the other hand, outdoor antennas are bigger and need to be placed outside or the rooftop. It is a good choice for those who stay far from the broadcasting station.