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How to choose a TV antenna?

If you are still paying heavy monthly cable or satellite bills, it is time to get rid of them and switch to the TV antennas. This would be a shift from Pay TV to Free TV.  It would help in breaking yourself from being reliance on the Pay TV and at the same time also save you a lot of money. For those of you who are new and are unaware on how to select the right type of TV antenna, we have listed below few pointers to be taken a note of when it comes to choosing the right type of antenna.

Identify channel availability in your area: Before you figure out which type of antenna to go in for, it is important to first identify which channels are available in your area. The number of channels would vary from one area to another, it all depends on the broadcasting towers that are located in your area. To get this information, you can visit websites such as TVFool.com, Antennaweb.org or the FCC sites. All you would need to do is just enter your area code or zip code and the site would pair up with the FCC broadcast TV database to fetch the details. It would provide an estimation of which signals would be reaching your house. Also the strength of the signal is determined. The site also helps in determining the direction of the signal and how far they are from your house or office. Many a times, the best of the signals would come from an unexpected direction.

Whether an indoor antenna is required or an outdoor is fine? There are two types of antennas available in the market. The indoor and the outdoor TV antenna. Be realistic when it comes to choosing the type of antenna. Indoor antennas are easier to setup but when you reside in places where the signal is already weak then an outdoor antenna would be suitable. Also in case of indoor antennas, they should be placed at an appropriate location so that it can pick up the best signal reception. For those who have strong reception signals in the area can go in for an indoor antenna.

Directional or Multi-Directional Antenna: Based on the research you carried out on the online sites, you would get to know the direction of the tower and whether there are several towers in your area. In case of one tower in the area then the antenna should be directional and pointed towards that tower. In case if you want to tune into a weaker station then to get those signals there would be a need of a rotator. This device is available in few of the antennas and it is designed to pull in the weaker signals as well.

Does an amplifier help? There are certain antennas which already come along with a built-in amplifier whereas some do not. If you already receive strong signals, then there is no need for an amplifier since it can interfere with the signals available in the area. Hence amplifiers are not always considered to be the best option. But if you need to receive channels from the weak signals as well then you can plug in an amplifier bough separately.