How to buy and install an HD antenna for free TV?

Earlier a TV antenna would mean just some pairs of telescoping metal rods which we term as rabbit ears that were positioned cleverly so as to work well in terms of picking up the signal strength and displaying it in the form of channels. However, there has been a twist here since the modern age antennas are nothing like these now. Though the technology has seen a lot of improvement in terms of the signal picking strength and so on, there has also been changes in the way the antenna looks now. Most of the popular types of TV antennas are sleek, compact and look like sheet of paper. These small and slim looking antennas can offer high-definition format broadcast that works best to display all of your favourite channels. But even with so many advancements, when it comes to picking up the right type of antenna and getting it installed would mean seem like a huge task. But the key to success is get some trial and error before you get the right pick. But to make things easier for you, we have put together certain tips on how to get the right pick and its installation as well.

Get the right pick: There are various websites such as, and FCC wherein all you need to do is just enter your area zip code and it would display all the details regarding the local TV broadcasters in your area, the channels available in your area, and it also provides suggestion on which type of antenna would be the best choice for you. Once you are aware about where the broadcast antennas are located then you can consider the geographical landscape between your home and those broadcasting towers. This would make you aware about the possible obstructions in between. If there are too many obstructions, then you can consider going in for a strong signal picking antenna. There are various types of antennas such as Mohu Leaf, Channel Master, Highline, Clearstream to name a few. Also the antennas are available in both indoor as well as outdoor. Hence before you purchase an HD antenna keep in mind certain factors, the direction of the signal whether omni-directional or directional, how strong are the signals, distance of the broadcasting tower and your home and the obstructions in between.

Installing the antenna: Here you may need to consider going in for trial and error. The most important is the placement of the antenna so that it can pick up the signals well. Try to point the antenna directly towards the tower. In case of indoor antennas, you would need to position them at a highest point on the wall or the window. In case if the signal strength is good and there is no issue in picking the signal then you can place indoor antennas discreetly behind the TV as well. In case of outdoor antennas, they can be best positioned high up on the roof or in the yard. You would need to ground them well once the scanning is done post the mounting. Ensure that you take maximum use of the coaxial cable.

Once you are done picking the right location then you can scan for the channels and accordingly play around with the position so that you can finally choose the location wherein you get maximum number of channels.