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Free High Definition TV With HDTV Antenna

By Jeff Smith

Many people are saving money by canceling their costly cable or dish services for their televisions in order to use the new HDTV antenna to receive free high definition local programming and other free television. And with the way the economy is taking its toll on most American’s, this is a smart idea to help with the household budget yet still entertain the family with free television.

There are two types of transmissions for HDTV, they are UHF and VHF. Some of the antennas will pick up both; however there are a couple of cities that only broadcast in UHF so there would be no reason to purchase a UHF/VHF antenna. These cities are St. Louis, Missouri, Dayton, Ohio, Buffalo and Syracuse, New York, Fort Wayne and South Bend, Indiana, Huntsville, Alabama and Omaha, Nebraska. The people in these communities would save themselves some money by only purchasing an antenna for UHF.

Indoor and outdoor antennas are the only two types of antennas that will collect the HDTV signals for the televisions. The outdoor model of antenna works much better than the indoor brands because an HDTV signal has to travel through walls and other obstacles to reach the receiver on top of a television before it will allow a homeowner to view a television station with the indoor one. The outdoor antennas are directional or multi-directional so that they collect the HDTV signals from whichever way they are flying by through the air.

At any given moment, there are thousands of high definition signals zipping across the air waiting for a place to land. With the outdoor multi-directional or directional antenna the HDTV signals will be picked up and deposited into a person television so that they can enjoy the benefits of clearer, sharper picture and better sound.

In order to determine which size and style antenna for HDTV a home would need, a homeowner needs to do a little investigation into exactly how far from the signal tower their house is. If their house is pretty close then an indoor antenna might work, however if the house is far from the television tower then they should go with a directional or multi-directional model.

Set by the Consumer Electronics Association or CEA, there is a color-coded classification for each region of the country. Every of the seven colors represents an area with a broadcast tower or towers on it and their locations. The colors tell of the size antenna to get to pick up the best signal coming from the towers depending on how far away the tower is to the homeowner. Pink and violet are the two colors put together and require the largest multi-directional or directional antenna to capture the weakest signal for the most television stations. The color blue requires a medium or large sized roof mounted directional antenna, depending on the strength of the signal. Yellow has a homeowner living very close to the television towers and therefore they only need a small antenna for their signals. Green is the color that has the homeowner living a little further out from the towers and using a medium sized antenna and light green would mean that the homeowner is in need of a large antenna and lives far enough away they need this to pick up the weaker signals. In the red area, a homeowner could purchase a medium sized antenna but they might be able to use what those in the yellow, green or light green areas use, it would all depend on the strength of the signal.

Many of the directional and multi-directional antennas on the market today are certified by the CEA. A homeowner can tell it’s a CEA approved antenna for HDTV by the color pie chart with six colors, pink is not shown, only violet. The CEA mark represents more stations and better quality.

If a homeowner lives deep within the city limits with a lot of obstructions or further out of town away from the television towers, the best way for them to obtain free television is with an outdoor HDTV antenna. The Internet is full of websites that will explain in more detail the color zones of the CEA, plus, antenna reviews of the most popular brands on the market.

Want to learn more about using a HDTV antenna, then visit Jeff Smith’s site on how to set up your own TV antenna installation for your needs.

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Smith, Jeff "Free High Definition TV With HDTV Antenna." Free High Definition TV With HDTV Antenna. 6 Jul. 2010. 31 Jul 2014 <>.

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