Nothing ruins a TV show experience like distorted, unclear and fuzzy images due to weak signals. Weak signals are caused by damaged antennas, large buildings, hills and distance from the main signals. There are many simple steps you can take and cheap purchases you can make to improve your TV signal and give you the best picture possible. By following a few simple guidelines, you can minimise snow, noise and sound distortion and have a more pleasant TV watching experience
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Reposition your antenna or satellite dish. Place the antenna or dish on a surface that's at least 30 feet higher to increase the signal.
Place an indoor antenna close to window. Keep indoor antennas away from electrical appliances such as computers. Electrical appliances interfere with your antenna because of static.
Check your antenna cables for wear and tear. Use coaxial cables to improve the transfer of signals to your TV.
Use a preamplifier or TV signal booster to strengthen the signals at the antenna before it has a chance to weaken through the coaxial cables between the TV and the antenna.
Install a distribution amplifier, especially if you have a TV in more than one room. A distribution amplifier moves the signals around to different locations.
Check your antenna or satellite for cracks and other damage. Have them repaired or replaced whenever possible. A fully functioning antenna will give you a better signal.
Purchase and install a digital converter box if you are using an analogue TV. Digital signals are not subject to static interference like analogue signals. Your images will have less noise and snow.
Tips and warnings
- Use the links in the Resources section to access more information on the digital conversion and TV signal boosters.
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