If you want to watch broadcast television, you'll need an antenna. There are usually two types of antenna that people use: small, indoor ones, and the larger outdoor variety. The main difference is that you typically get a better quality reception with larger outdoor aerials, but this comes at the cost of requiring a more complicated installation.
Whichever type of antenna you have, it's likely to be highly visible, which can cause various problems. With outdoor antennas, it can affect the look of your home, which in some areas can conflict with rules about how buildings are permitted to look. An indoor antenna, on the other hand, is often difficult to find a place for and can spoil minimalist interiors.
It's not difficult to minimise the impact of TV receiving equipment or hide it entirely. Just follow some of these tips.
Some roof-mounted antennas are quite large and bulky, but there are smaller models available. Although most of these are just as effective, in some areas you might find having a small antenna means you don't get such a strong signal. If this is the case, using a booster box can help you get a better performance.
If you're concerned about how an antenna looks on your roof, or local rules don't permit large aerials, you may be able to get a good signal from a larger antenna on the ground. Talk to a professional installer and let them know exactly what you need.
First of all, look for an antenna that can be mounted on a wall. This is a good way to keep it neatly out of the way, and also ensures you get a more consistent signal from it.
If you don't want your antenna to be visible at all, you can hide it behind the television set itself. In many cases, this won't have a negative impact on its strength.
People sometimes forget that, as long as the wiring reaches, the antenna doesn't necessarily need to be close to the television. This gives you a wider range of options for keeping it out of sight.
Whichever type of antenna you have, there's going to be a fair amount of cabling inside the house. There's even more if you need to use a booster box.
Often, the wiring can be hidden behind the TV, but this is more difficult if your set is wall-mounted. Getting a small cupboard or cabinet next to the television set gives you a good place to tuck wires out of the way. Alternatively, fix the wires to the wall and cover them with framed pictures.