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What are the best types of digital aerial

Maybe you’re not happy with the signal you currently receive, or perhaps you’re adding extra aerials to your home. Whatever the reason you are looking for a new aerial, it can be confusing trying to determine what type is best for you.

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Of course, whatever type of aerial or television you have you must have a valid TV licence and a quick look at the TV Licensing website will tell you what type you need to stay within the law.

Let’s take a look at digital aerials in more detail and find out what you should be looking for when you’re choosing a new one.

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What is a digital aerial?

Well, let’s get this straight…technically speaking a digital aerial doesn’t actually exist. There is nothing digital about the aerial itself. The term simply means an aerial which is capable of receiving digital, rather than analogue, signals.

The transition between signals took place gradually across the UK between 2007 and 2013 and caused much confusion at the time. But nowadays, you wouldn’t be able to have an aerial installed that didn’t receive digital signals.

What to look for in a digital aerial

So, although we’ve already established that there is no such thing as a digital aerial per se, some aerials are better at receiving a digital signal than other.

Of course, if you’re having problems with your aerial, you may not actually need a new aerial, simply your existing one repaired and a Bristol TV aerial repair company can help, often providing same day repairs.

Price is, of course, one consideration, however, it’s not the only one. One of the most important things to ensure is that the aerial is correctly aligned to the appropriate mast for your area. Any good installer will ensure that there are minimal obstructions between the aerial and mast. Other factors that will affect your signal are the number of televisions you have in your home. If you have several, as many of us do nowadays, you may require a booster or amplifier and a reputable installer will be able to advise you accordingly. If you live within range of a mobile phone mast you may also require a digital filter to be fitted, as the mast can interfere with the digital signal you receive.

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