How To Get Free HDTV Signals

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TV in high definition used to be the sole domain of cable or satellite service providers. With the government mandate for media broadcast centers to transform their signals into digital format, local free-to-air channels are now also in high definition. Consumers then need to catch up with this transition. One way is to throw out your old analog TV and splurge on a brand new HDTV. Another way is to acquire a digital converter box, which can receive these digital high definition TV transmissions and feed them into your analog TV.

1. Know the equipment needed.

Firstly, you have to have a television that can support high definition reception. If what you have right now is still an analog television, then the best bet would be to get a digital converter box or HDTV tuner. This device will receive and output high definition signals to the analog television. This equipment has to be connected to your analog TV to enable it to receive signals in high definition. Secondly, an amplified antenna has to be acquired.  

2. Check to see if indoor antenna will work.

Indoor antennas come in different shapes and sizes. The most common is the "rabbit ears", which are usually tabletop antennas. Most indoor antennas have two rods to enable the TV to receive the UHF and VHF signals. Directional indoor antennas are those that receive clear reception only when pointed to a specific direction where signal is strongest. Meanwhile, omni-directional antennas are capable of getting TV reception from all directions and as such will not need adjustments.

3. Know if it's an outdoor antenna you need.

If you live in an area where signal is weak, or if your TV is in a boat or RV, then chances are you will need an outdoor antenna to receive HD reception. Multi-directional outdoor antennas are best, as they can be adjusted easily.

Subscription to cable or satellite service and an HDTV can put your budget off balance. Not jumping onto the digital bandwagon immediately will save some money. The picture quality won't be as crisp and clear as an HDTV's, but the difference will hardly matter.


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