Aerials overview

Posted October 19, 2016 - Reception aerials and coverage

Do I need an aerial?
Yes. You need an aerial to get Freeview. But first, check your Freeview coverage and see what channels you can receive at your address. While some indoor (portable) aerials will pick up Freeview, for best results, we recommend a roof aerial.

Check your aerial
Make sure your aerial is in good condition, and that your cables are undamaged and connected to the aerial point in your living room. The aerial lead must be securely plugged into the socket in the back of your Freeview TV or recorder.

It’s likely that your existing aerial will work, as long as it’s not out of position or damaged by the weather. Go outside and check that your aerial is pointing in the same direction as others nearby.

Missing channels?
Channels on Freeview can change from time to time – some are removed, new ones are added and channel numbers can change. Once in a while, try retuning your Freeview TV or HD recorder to make sure you have the latest channels.

Installing a new aerial
If your picture quality is poor, you might have a damaged aerial or cable that needs attention from a professional installer. Based on industry guidance, a typical aerial replacement costs £150. However, there can be regional variation and complex installations can cost significantly more.  Find a local installer through the organisations below:

Confederation of Aerial Industries (CAI)
Find a digital professional at Get Me Digital.

A local installer will understand the circumstances and local geography of your area and suggest the best option for you.

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