Besides the task of having to choose the best possible HDTV for your use, getting the right HDTV antenna to go with it is also among the more important choices you would have to make when it comes to buying an HDTV. This is regardless of the fact that you watch most of your HDTV through satellite or cable. So now, you’re probably wondering why you should invest in a great quality HDTV antenna, well, there are in fact 2 very good reasons for this. The first being the fact that both satellite as well as cable operators don’t always distribute all of the available free HDTV channels. There are also plenty of local HDTV free channels that are carried by satellite and cable networks. In such cases, you would need a HDTV antenna. The second reason would be the that even when the satellite and cable networks do carry the various free HDTV channels, the images are more often than not extremely compressed thus they have very noticeable effects on the quality of the broadcasted images and picture quality. In fact, there are plenty of cases wherein the image quality of an off the air HDTV signal is much better than the ones from a satellite or cable signal. Now, that you have learned about the different benefits and advantages that getting an antenna for your HDTV can provide you with, I’m sure you are thinking the next obvious step which is getting said antenna.
If this is your first time purchasing and HDTV antenna or if you have no idea about what to look for and what considerations go into buying the perfect one then here are a few basic information about it. There are 2 existing types of antennas for HDTV’s and those are the indoor and the outdoor types. Of course, just like how you would choose an antenna for your conventional TV set, you should always go for the outdoor antenna as these are, basically, much better at picking up signals. But of course, outdoor antennas aren’t always possible to use and during such cases, you can go with an indoor antenna. Though it may not be as great in picking up signals as its outdoor counterpart, it would still do a reasonable job.
HDTV signals are also quite different from the analog TV signals because HDTV ones are digital and that you basically receive them or you do don’t. There aren’t any neutral grounds such as snowy screens or ghosting pictures. If you are among the fortunate ones and are able to install an outdoor HDTV antenna on your roof, or some other place as long as it’s outside, then you simply need to decide on which antenna to purchase. The downside here is that there isn’t any standard to help you in deciding. It simply depends on your home’s location, how far or near you are from the local transmitter as well as the frequency of the channels you wish to receive. But, help is available via antennaweb.org where you can input various details and get an answer as to which antenna would be most suitable to your needs.