A Guide To Digital TV Antennas

A Guide To Digital TV Antennas

The whole of Oz has been digital since 2013. So if you’re watching TV, you’re most likely to be doing so through the wonder of a digital TV antenna. If you’ve ever wondered what this actually means, the following guide, created by the experts at Telewest Antennas and Network Solutions, will help shed some light on what can often seem a very confusing subject.

What is a digital TV antenna?

Quite simply, the antenna is what picks up the VHF or UHF transmission signals that brings programs to your TV. This is different to those received by cable or satellite – a digital TV antenna picks up signals for all those free-to-view channels and perfectly complements the likes of Foxtel and Austar.

The signals these antenna receive are far more stable than that of cable or satellite, so less likely to be affected by weather and other interruptions.

TV antennas are the starting point of the complete digital TV system

The antenna is only the beginning of the journey that digital signals take to become the images and sounds you view on the TV. They’re channelled through a network of cables and various devices, each of which impacts the quality of what you see on your screen.

So while the choice of TV antenna is important, so too are all these other elements. Issues with poor sound and/or images might not be due to reception, it could be due to another aspect of the network. Problems can, for instance, occur due to interference from other electrical items – something that is best diagnosed by an expert.

There’s a variety of good Metro and Fringe Area digital TV antennas that capture signals for the free digital channels. Choosing the best depends on many different features, including:
  • The location of broadcast towers.
  • Geographical features, such as hills, trees, buildings and anything that can block or deflect a signal.
  • How many TVs are to be run from the antenna

There is no magic, one-size-fits-all solution for the ultimate digital TV antenna for a property’s needs. Professional installers take many things into consideration to create a bespoke signal solution, including:
  • The number of junctions necessary. Simple, direct connections are the most superior, as the signal deteriorates with every additional junction.
  • The location of the antenna. Moving just a few metres or less can dramatically impact the quality of signal received.
  • Multiple splits (to many TV units) may require an amplifier to compensate for the associated reduction in signal.

Trust the experts for the ultimate in TV antenna and network solutions

When it comes to ensuring the ultimate in signal quality and reception from a TV antenna, allowing a professional service to install and fit is by far the superior solution.

Perth-based Telewest offer the ultimate facility to suit both budget and high-end installations, ensuring antennas from Australia’s leading providers and best-in-class antenna manufacturers. Today’s digital signals means we’re all able to benefit from a huge number of channels without the need for a paid-for subscription. Entrusting your viewing needs to Telewest means you’ll be assured of receiving everything available, with the best quality pictures beamed to your appliances.

To find out more visit www.telewest.com.au. If you’d like to discuss your needs, call 0477 696 401 (residential) / 08 6558 0884 or 0449 985 557 (commercial) and the friendly team will be delighted to advise you.