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Can I watch Freeview using a portable set top or loft aerial?

Posted March 25, 2013 - Reception aerials and coverage

If you live in a coverage area close to a transmitter, you will probably receive a strong signal and a portable set top aerial might work. However, reception could still be unreliable and so we strongly recommend that you use a rooftop aerial for good reception.

Will my loft aerial work?

Because they sit inside a building, they will not receive as strong a digital signal. They’re also more likely to be affected by interference from the other electrical equipment in your home. You might also find that an indoor aerial does not receive the full range of Freeview channels.

However, it may be worth trying before having an aerial survey carried out. If you do want to try this option, and are buying a new loft aerial, do make sure that you can return it to the retailer if you don’t get the reception you expect.

A rooftop aerial is still your best bet for good reception and so we suggest you get in touch with either the Confederation of Aerial Industries (CAI) or Get Me Digital who can give you details of one or more members who operate in your area and guarantee their work:

Find an approved CAI installer at Get Me Viewing

Find a digital professional at 

A local installer will understand the circumstances and local geography in your area and suggest the best option available to you.

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