How to Set Up Your Indoor TV Aerial

Most people have rooftop aerials, which work great in most cases. But there are times when you may want to use an indoor aerial instead.

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Setting up an indoor TV aerial is straight-forward, although it might take some time to get it just right. Just follow these step-by-step instructions and you won’t go far wrong:

Buy the Right Aerial

There is a wide range of indoor aerials on the market, and which one will work best for you depends on a variety of factors, from where you live to what type of TV you are using.

Digital UK says portable indoor aerials usually work in areas with good reception, but can be subject to interference from domestic appliances.

The best way to get the right aerial is to ask a local shop, such as  TV aerials Swansea installation specialists TV Aerial Installation Swansea for their insight.


to assist you. Failing that, buy one you can return if it will not serve its purpose.

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Get Connected

Begin by plugging the aerial into your set-top box, and then tune into the digital channels. To put your aerial in the right position for this, try aligning it the same way as rooftop aerials in your street.

If you are having trouble tuning your TV in, you could do this with a separate, rooftop aerial or at a friend’s house first.

Once you’re tuned in, move your aerial around – slowly – until you find the best place with the clearest reception. Most aerials work best at head-height and near a window, so you may need an extension if your TV is too far away.

Tune in

Once you have set the aerial up, you need to make sure you are getting all of the digital channels you are entitled to. Tuning in to BBC One, BBC One HD, Dave, ITV, QVC and Yesterday – which are all on different ‘multiplexes’ – will show you whether you are getting all of them.

To check which channels you should be able to get where you live, you can put your postcode into the Digital UK website.

Secure it

Once you have perfectly positioned your aerial you don’t want it to move, so secure it (using Velcro or Blu-Tack) so it stays in place. Happy watching!