Digital television has replaced analogue, but many households are still working out the best way to receive over-the-air broadcasts. For homes that already have a rooftop antenna in place, that same antenna can usually be used for digital reception with just a few adjustments. This works for televisions with built-in HD tuners as well as for older analogue sets that require a converter box to receive digital signals.
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Things you need
- Rooftop antenna
- HDTV or digital-to-analogue converter box for an analogue TV
- Twin-lead adaptor
Install a twin-lead adaptor if needed. Check whether the end of the antenna cable has two flat u-shaped connectors. Place the u-shaped connectors under the screws on the adaptor side-by-side and then tighten the screws for a snug fit. If your antenna already has a round coaxial connector at the end of the cable, you can skip this step.
Locate the antenna "in" coaxial port on the back of your HDTV or on your digital-to-analogue converter box. Plug the antenna cable into this port. You may need to screw it into place in a clockwise direction.
Turn on the television and the converter box (if needed) and scan for available channels.
Tips and warnings
- You may need to adjust the antenna on the rooftop for best reception if the channels you desire are not showing up,
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