With a television antenna you can receive free local, high-definition programming. Terms like “HDTV” and “Digital Ready” are simply marketing ploys. While the formats that broadcasters use and our televisions are capable of receiving has changed dramatically over the past decade, antenna technology has not changed much.
While you do not need a special antenna for high-definition reception, you will need to find the right antenna for your home. Antenna Web has an antenna selector on its website. You simply put your address and zip code into the module and it provides you with a color coded list of local channels. The colors represent the type of signal that the channel is broadcast in and the range your antenna will need to receive a signal from that station. Consumer Electronics Association tested and approved antennas will be labeled with a color wheel. You need to match the colors of the desired channels from your list to the colors in the wheel to find the most compatible antenna for your home.
HDTv Antenna Labs website shows, through testing, that the worst performing outdoor antenna rated higher than the best performing indoor antenna. Mounting your antenna above your roof line on a mast will ensure the best signal reception. Directional antennas will need to be tested in a few different positions to find the most reliable reception. Crutchfield.com recommends using a compass to position your directional antenna towards the desired channel broadcasting tower.
For clarification, while your antenna will receive high-definition television signals, you must have a television that is capable of displaying the format. You should also check with your local channel providers, to ensure they use the technology before troubleshooting or assuming that your antenna is not functioning properly.