If you’re using an indoor antenna to receive your local channels over the air, use these tips to ensure the best viewing experience:
Over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts are transmitted from a broadcast tower to your antenna, and finally, to your TV. To receive the strongest signal, you’ll want to orient your antenna toward these towers. Click here and enter your ZIP code to find where broadcast towers are in your area.
Interior objects such as walls, floors, and cabinets, and exterior objects like trees, buildings, or billboards can act as obstructions and impact the strength of the signal you’re receiving. For better reception, try to keep your antenna about five feet away from metallic objects, electronics such as TVs or laptops, or heavily-trafficked areas of your home, as these could cause interference and impact reception.
An amplifier can help to overcome the loss in signal strength that occurs when the signal travels through the coaxial cable between your antenna and your TV, especially if you’re further away from a broadcast transmission tower, when the signal you’re receiving is already weak.
Try using a longer coaxial (coax) cable than you believe you need, so you’ll be able to place your antenna in a window. If the cable is too long, make a semi-loose coil between the antenna and your TV. If possible, keep your antenna away from equipment that gives off a wireless signal, such as a routers, laptops, or mobile devices.