How to maximise your digital tv signal without spending a penny

You don’t always need to spend a fortune to improve your digital television signal if you’re encountering problems. People often invest in new splitters, wiring and amplifiers, simply because they seem like an easy solution; however, taking such drastic action isn’t always warranted and may not fix the problem. Sometimes the simplest and most obvious solutions render the best results.

There are a number of ways to improve your digital TV signal and the good news is you don’t need to spend a fortune. See below for a number of recommendations on how you improve your signal.While they won’t solve more serious issues, such as weathered wiring and broken hardware, they could help you diagnose problems.

Television aerial

Antenna Placement

Your TV aerial position will have a huge impact on the quality of the service you receive. If it’s currently poor, you may need to move it. Have a look at where your neighbours have theirs and if they are all facing the same way then replicate their positioning. If you live in a rural area and have nothing to compare it to, find out where your nearest digital TV transmitter is located using the Coverage Checker on Digital UK, and then point your aerial in its direction as best you can.

Overgrown trees, chimneys and other buildings are common obstructions that prevent or hinder signals reaching your aerial. Where possible, remove obstructions or realign or re-install your aerial, always employing an expert to do so.

Antenna Software

Internet-connected Freeview boxes, smart boxes and smart TVs will tell you when updates to the software are available. It’s always worth installing these straight away. Although sometimes the updates will seem quite minor, they can affect the performance of your device and channel availability significantly.

Digital Aerial Splitter

Don’t have multiple cables running through multiple signal splitters if you need a signal on more than one television. One cable running from the splitter to each location is far more efficient and will ensure the signal remains balanced across the setup. For example, don’t have one cable dividing the line multiple times and another only once – try to make everything as even as possible. And if your antenna is only supplying one television with a digital signal, remove any signal splitters and run a single coax cable instead.

Retune your channels

Many TVs will retune themselves automatically when needed or new channels become available. But if you are experiencing problems, it’s always worth returning manually. And you may need to do it a couple of times before things work as they should.

Make sure your cables are connected

You’ll be surprised by how many people fail to take this simple step. Loose cabling can cause anything from minor interference to a complete loss of signal. Before you try any of the above simply push your cables into their relevant sockets, even if they look nice and secure. The tinniest element of slack could be the route of all of your problems.

Feel free to try these quick and easy solutions before you invest any cash or arrange an appointment with a professional. While they won’t solve more serious issues, such as weathered wiring and broken hardware, they could help you diagnose problems.

If you’re having issues with your TV signal and need assistance, contact ADS Digital today. We’ll have an engineer out to see you in no time.

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