TV aerials come in many different sizes, shapes and types. High gain TV aerials, TC10’s, TC 18’s, contract TV aerials, grid TV aerials, there are lots of different types of aerials to choose from. Some aerials for TV need specialist boosters called mast head and power supply boosters. So how do you source the right type of TV aerial for you?
With so much mis-information out there, it is no wonder that the average person is confused. The most important aspect of getting a TV aerial installed is to get the right advice! This can be by far the best thing to get the best possible value. Choose any TV aerial company with care. Do your research. Get recommendations. If you cannot, then go to the CAI website, where there will be lists of TV aerial companies that are accredited and vetted. The CAI DO have teeth!
Aerials For Good TV Reception
For good TV aerial reception areas, you can often install what is known as a contract type TV aerial. These are basic aerials for TV, that are often installed on short aerial masts and small brackets on the chimney stack, or highest point like a gable wall. Contract TV aerials however are not recommended for digital, according to the CAI or Digital UK. Both of these bodies recommend that the aerials have a balun in place, which is a means to connect the aerial cables to a TV aerial. It makes for a far better and more efficient connection and in theory, provides a better potential for digital TV reception. Please see digital aerial explanation for more information.
TV Aerials & Poor Reception Areas
As the TV aerial reception area gets slightly worse, you will need a slightly better TV aerial antenna, a slightly more powerful aerial maybe, to cope with a weaker UHF or TV signals. TV Aerial antennas of this type tend to be super gain 18 type TV aerials, or TC10 aerials. (not the contract type aerials).
If the aerial reception area is worse again, then high gain aerials are often used. These include aerials such as Unix high gain aerials, that are also multi beam aerials, televes high gain aerials, Antiference TV aerials... the list is very long indeed.
Even with a good TV aerial, that may not be enough. A taller aerial mast may be needed to get over any obstructions, and this is indeed for common for aerials in some areas, where trees or buildings may be obstructing the TV aerial transmitter.
For extremely poor reception areas, it may well be more appropriate to install Freesat Satellite television, to as to pick up the normal terrestrial TV channels via satellite. This pretty much guarantees great TV reception.
TV Aerial and YouView (Talk Talk TV)
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TV aerials & CAI benchmarking scheme
The CAI have a scheme in place called the CAI benchmarking scheme. This means that the TV aerials themselves perform and have been extensively tested in laboratory conditions, to do exactly what they say. So, as with CAI members, that have to conform to CAI standards, it is very important to get a CAI benchmarked aerial installed. It will probably perform better and last longer. You get what you pay for!
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TV Aerial Pricing
Costs and prices to fit an aerial differ quite a lot depending on your requirements. for example do you need a taller aerial than average. Will a basic aerial be sufficient? Please see our page on TV aerial prices and costs
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