Digital aerial FAQs

Since the digital switchover in the UK, there has been a lot of confusion over the use of aerials and the difference between analogue and digital signals. This article will take a closer look at a collection of aerial FAQs in order to help you get the most out of your TV.


Learn all about transmitters and polarisation with this list of aerial FAQs.

How do aerials work?

Aerials receive their signal from transmitters, of which there are over 1,150 in the UK alone. These transmitters emit a digital signal that are read by your aerial and transferred onto your television.

What is aerial polarisation?

Aerial polarisation is the alignment of an aerial in relation to the waves it receives. Horizontally aligned aerials pick up signals from main transmitters, whereas vertical aerials receive signals from relay or repeater transmissions.

What is the best location for an indoor aerial?

If possibly, try to place your aerial near a window, at around head height. The angle of roof top aerials provide a good indicator as to which direction an indoor aerial should point.

Which channels can you watch using a digital aerial?

Most households in the UK should receive approximately 40 freeview channels while using a digital aerial. Around 1 in 10 households will receive around 15 of the most popular channels, including BBC 1 and 2, ITV 1, Channel 4 and E4. Further channels are available upon using subscription services.

Which is the best digital aerial to buy?

There are a number of options available for those looking to boost their digital signal and it all depends on how much you're willing to spend. The SLX amplified high performance indoor TV aerial is a good mix of price and quality and can be purchased at play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/5890712/-/Product.html.

Digital Switchover

Since the digital switchover, aerials have become even more important, with weak signals rendering your television useless. On the other hand, the very best aerials will allow you to receive a large number of channels for free, so with the knowledge gained from this collection of aerial FAQs, you'll be able to get the most from your TV.

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