High Definition TV is a
FREE signal which is
broadcast over the air.
The "over the air"
signal is the highest
quality HD signal
available. If local
broadcasts and standard
channels are all your
interested in then all
you need is an HD
antenna and you will get
excellent quality High
Definition TV for FREE.
to the Future may be the best way to
describe the upcoming jump to digital
broadcast signal here in the U.S. As the
advancement of digital technology moves us
forward by bringing us the sharpest images
ever seen on our living room televisions,
the no longer familiar sight of
outdoor antennas on poles and even the super
retro look of rabbit ears may be back.
For those not interested in all the diverse
programming offered on cable and satellite,
you can receive your local broadcast
channels "off air" using an antenna. The
signal quality is at least as good as
signal quality offered through cable or
satellite - and it's free!
There are no special
requirements for setting up an HDTV antenna.
In fact there isn't a specific HDTV antenna.
Any antenna is capable of receiving HD
Your choice for TV antenna should be based
on what your reqirment are. If you plan on
using the free "off air" signal for your
entire household then it is suggested to
install a good quality outdoor pole mounted
antenna. If, on the other hand, your only
interested in using -off air signal on a
single TV or don't have the capability to
wire the whole house, a small amplified
antenna placed next to the TV is a good
Other factors such as where you live, signal
strength in your area, condo or apartment
rules and deed restrictions are also
important factors when considering what type
of antenna to use and antenna placement.
An indoor antenna would
require for you to hook the antenna up to
the antenna hook up on the back of the TV
and have the antenna sit on top of the TV or
An outdoor antenna would require a roof
mount or an antenna pole which would allow
the antenna to be taller than your house.
An outdoor antenna will get a better signal.
Installing one may
require 2 people so that the antenna could
be positioned for the best possible
reception. One person would be inside making
sure the TV is getting the best possible
picture while the other person outside
rotates the antenna towards the incoming
The wire/cable carrying the signal
from the antenna would run through the attic
or around the outside of the house from the
antenna to the TV.
type of antenna you need to make sure your
TV has a built in HDTV tuner. Not all HDTV's
have this so please check with the salesman
you’re buying the TV from. Best bet would be
to check the owners manual of the TV you are
buying before you get it home. Also before
you connect the antenna go to the TV's set
up menu and make sure the signal is set to
antenna or air, not cable or
satellite. Now you are ready to watch HDTV.