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DTV Antenna Information

With digital television, antennas are more important than ever.

If your television uses a set-top or outdoor antenna, you can continue to receive free, over-the-air TV with a digital TV converter box or a digital television set with a digital tuner. But most importantly, you’ll need a good antenna. If you receive a strong, clear analog signal today, your current antenna set-up should work.

However, if your current analog TV signal is weak, or if you experience interference such as a “snowy” picture or “ghosting,” your antenna might not perform the same in the digital world. In fact, with an insufficient antenna set-up, you might see no picture at all.

The good news is that there are several things you can do to improve how well your antenna is receiving digital signals.

First, make sure you’re receiving the best possible analog signal with your current antenna placement. If, after hooking up your digital converter box or digital TV, you don’t see all the digital signals you expect to, then try pointing your antenna in a different direction, moving it up higher, or relocating it. Manufacturers also make powered, amplified antennas that may do a better job for your configuration. You can also call your local antenna installer to check your system or tell you what you need.

If you need help, call KET’s Digital TV Help Line at 1-866-291-8189, or explore the extensive online DTV resources listed on the right and on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Excellent online sources of information on antenna selection are TVFool.com and AntennaWeb.org.



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