Which Antenna Is Best?: A Simple Guide to Choosing the Right Outdoor Antenna

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It's the NBA finals. The finale of The Bachelorette. The premiere of the BBC's hottest new television drama that you've been anticipating for months

Whatever it is, the television entertainment you subscribe to shouldn't be interrupted by static. However, that's exactly what happens when you have a poor-quality antenna. Your antenna will make or break your ability to watch what's on TV.

Going with the wrong antenna could easily mean that you miss out on watching some historic moments on live television.

In this article, we'll help you navigate the crowded outdoor antenna market. Keep reading to learn the basic things you should look for in every television antenna.

List the Channels You Watch

The first thing to do when choosing the best TV antenna for your needs is to understand your needs fully. And that means listing down all of the channels that you watch.

Different antennas will be capable of receiving different signals. You want to pick an antenna that is able to reach all the signals that the channels you watch broadcast on. However, you also want to minimize the expense of the unit; the best way to do that is not to pay for an antenna that is built to receive more signals than you want or need.

If you want to really be economical, be honest with yourself in this process. As much as you may want the option to tune in to a specific late-night TV news source that you don't typically watch, think about whether or not you've actually sat down to watch the channel in the past few months. If you haven't, there's probably no reason for you to be paying for it.

Decide on Multidirectional or Unidirectional

Another antenna characteristic that should guide your buying process is directionality. A multidirectional antenna will be able to receive signals from broadcast towers in different directions. Conversely, a unidirectional antenna can only be pointed in one direction and receive signals from that sole direction.

Use an online service to locate the broadcast towers near you that you'll need access to. That'll tell you whether or not you need to be able to receive from multiple directions.

Amplification Capacity

Last but not least, check to see whether the antenna has the capacity to amplify its signal. This is important if you have multiple television sets in your home and want them to be able to receive the signals brought in by just one antenna. Once you've decided on whether or not you need amplification, pick an antenna, and then visit this website to find professionals who can help you install it. 

Find the Right Outdoor Antenna for Your Needs

There you have it — with this guide to purchasing an outdoor antenna, you should be able to find the perfect antenna for your viewing needs.

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