Sunday, May 11, 2014

What kind of Antenna for HDTV?

Q. ...just got an hdtv. It picks up some digital channels pixelized with no antenna. I have a few general antennas throughout the house. Will any of these work, or do you need a special HD or Digital antenna?

HDTV uses the same antennas as normal over the air television. The only difference is with amplified antennas, they generally require a higher quality amplifier as the cheap ones for analog television can distort the digital signal more than it improves it. Some antennas that say they're especially for HDTV may be designed to better reduce multipath interference. Your best bet is a directional outdoor antenna, but if you're getting stations even with no antenna, I'd just try one of those general antennas you already have and see what kind of results you get. The problem I had with indoor antennas was that when people walked around in the house it could make the signal go all pixelated. But like I said, if it's strong enough to where you're getting stuff with no antenna, might not be a problem for you. Start with the simplest/cheapest solution first and work your way up.

how to have the picture qualities like in the stores?


when you walk around best buy or fry's and they play the live football game on tv. the picture is clear HD and i was wondering how you can get a picture like that? i have a 1080p tv but my directtv picture is not even as clear as the one in store.
They played it from an antenna so the channel must have been in hd. how can i get a picture like that from an antenna? i have directtv but i dont get pictures like that. do i just need a HD antenna or do i need something else with it?

"..You are probably not paying for HD service from DirectTV"

Xaxom got it right.

You have to up-grade your box and service from DirectTV. You are feeding that TV standard-def which was designed in the 1940's to fill a nine-inch screen.

You might be lucky enough to put up an indoor antenna and get some free ABC, CBS, NBC.. channels in high def.

Do this:

- Type your address into
- It will show you where the TV towers are around your home and recommend the type (indoor, outdoor) antenna you would need to get each station.

If you are close enough to some towers for an indoor antenna, do this:

- Order a "Phillips Silver Sensor - Classic" HDTV indoor antenna for about $23 and a long run of CATV coax.

- Position the antenna near a window or side of the house where it might have line-of-sight to the TV towers. Hook the coax between the antenna and the "Antenna In" jack on the TV.

- Go into your TV setup menu. There is a setting called "Scan for Channels" or some such. Start this process running. It will try to find all the channels from the antenna.

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