What type of TV aerial to buy?

  geek84 10:20 02 Jan 2012

Hi Folks

I am thinking of buying a widescreen TV for my bedroom (approx. 24 inch). However, I haven't bought a TV for a long time (approx. 15 years), so wanted some up to date information.

If I do go ahead and buy the TV, would I need to buy a separate aerial? I presume this would be called an internal aerial?

Also, wouldn't it be better if I get the lead from the external aerial (on top of the roof), and attach it to the back of the TV?


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:36 02 Jan 2012

Better if you attach to the external aerial

I have one connected in a bedroom to a loft aerial but get occasional freezes and that's in a good reception area.

A good site to give you lots of info on aerials and connections to various TV equipment is Jim's Aerials

  wiz-king 16:25 02 Jan 2012

If you are in the London area it is having transmitter change-over in April when the analogue is disappearing and digital altered. Things may alter then so only make major changes after that date.

  john bunyan 21:09 02 Jan 2012

I have (at 74) installed two external digital tv aerials on my roof. A good aerial is about £30 and do ensure cable is well connected, If you are very close to a transmitter a loft aerial may suffice.If your existing signal is good you could get a splitter so a bedroom socket could come from the downlead from the outside aerial - a straight splitter or a signal boost type. If you have a good signal a simple splitter may suffice.

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  tullie 20:56 03 Jan 2012

Dont be conned into paying more for a so called digital Aerial,theres no such thing.

  john bunyan 09:04 04 Jan 2012

tullie. Sorry , in my post I meant normal aerials , not specifically digital.I have two as it is easier than a splitter due to the geography of my house.

  natdoor 20:11 05 Jan 2012

Clearly there is no such thing as a digital aerial because an aerial responds to the RF carrier regardless of the form of modulation. However, I believe the term is loosely used to describe an antenna with adequate bandwidth to receive all Freeview channels. In some areas narrow band aerials were fitted for analogue and are not appropriate for reception of all digital channels. Hence being told one needs a digital aerial is just a way of saying that a different model is required. It does not necessarily mean that one is being encouraged to buy something which is unnecessary.

  STREETWORK 22:15 05 Jan 2012

You have missed loads of TV in the 15 years...

Your existing external ariel would be best, as long as it points in the right direction, just compare it with nearby ones...

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