How to Get a Stronger TV Signal

by Chris Moore

You hear advertisements for crystal clear, lifelike TV reception, but your TV set doesn't seem to get it. If your TV doesn't seem to be getting the strongest signal it can, there can be a number of reasons why and numerous options you can try to fix it. The most important issue is what type of TV service you have: cable, satellite or simple air broadcast. The improvements you can make to your TV signal vary depending the type of TV you have.

Upgrade your TV antenna. This is only necessary if you don't have cable or satellite TV service. Make sure you get an antenna for both VHF and UHF signals so you can get every channel available. Many electronic stores should have a variety of antenna options available.

Position your antenna as high up as you can. The closer to the sky it is positioned, the better the reception. This is why a large antenna positioned on the roof works the best.

Install an HD/digital converter to your TV. This is quickly becoming a necessity for older TV sets as all stations are switching exclusively to digital. Because of this, the converters are relatively inexpensive, and discount coupons may be available from the government. For newer, LCD screen TVs, these converters are not needed.

Call your provider if you have cable TV and upgrade your subscription package to an HD service if you don't have it. A satellite TV subscription should have this automatically.

Change the connections on your cable or satellite receiver box. Other connections will give better quality than your standard coaxial or composite (RCA) connections. An HDMI cable (its connector is similar to a small trapezoid) works best if you can use it. Component and digital coaxial cables are also good (they are similar to composite cables).

Check the positioning of your satellite dish if you have one. Remember that it needs to have an unobstructed view of the southern sky, so make sure there are no tree branches or other objects directly in its line of sight. Adjust its elevation. Its needed position will be closer to 30 degrees for houses in the north and 60 degrees in the south.

Have your cable provider check your signal professionally. There may be a problem with the underground cable that only they can take care of. This may be the case if other people in your neighborhood are having problems.

About the Author

Chris Moore has been contributing to eHow since 2007 and is a member of the DFW Writers' Workshop. He received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas-Arlington.

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