How to Connect a TV Antenna

by Stephen Lilley

In a world where you can receive thousands of channels that nobody really watches by paying a cable company large sums of money every month, people seem to forget that we still live in a world where you can get a handful of channels free of charge. A TV antenna (also famously referred to as "Rabbit Ears") is a cheap, easy way to get simple over-the-air entertainment for with no monthly charge.

Choose a location for your antenna. Some people choose to set it directly on top of the television, set it next to the TV or even on the floor. But a nice sturdy place where it won't fall off and get damaged is recommended.

Locate the cord coming out of the TV antenna. It is known as a coax cable with a circular end with a single pin coming out of it.

Screw the coax cable from the TV antenna into the coax jack on the back of your television. This is where a cable box would hook into if you had one. Many TV's only have one coax jack, so there is really only one place for it to go. Unlike the red, yellow and white audio and video jacks that you would hook up many video game systems and DVD players with, the coax jack is commonly only silver or, in rare occasions, black. Audio and video signals are transmitted from the antenna through to the television by this one cord, so it's the only thing you'll have to hook up.

Go into the "Setup" menu for your television and have it search for available channels. It will quickly search all the channels it can find in search of signals, cutting out empty channels in the process. When it is done, you'll be able to quickly cycle through the five to ten channels that are broadcast over regular airwaves with no problem, and most importantly, no monthly bill.


  • close On February 29, 2009 television stations are switching from the standard way of broadcasting to an all digital system. In order to continue getting over-the-air broadcasts after that time, you'll have to buy a Digital Converter Box (available at most electronics stores), or break down and get a cable service.

About the Author

Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

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