Just because you have a high definition television (HDTV), it does not mean you must purchase high definition cable or satellite service, which can be more costly than standard cable service. Instead, you can opt to go with a digital HD antenna. With the HD antenna connected to your TV you can obtain any location station in HD quality.
Look at the range of the HD antenna. It is printed on the side of the box. The longer the range, the more powerful the antenna and the more stations you can obtain with this. It is best if you live in a rural area to purchase the most powerful HD antenna you can find because the stations are more likely far away from you.
Check to see if the HD antenna is flat mounted or if you can move it. A flat mounted antenna is just a flat rectangle you can place on the top of your entertainment center. It does not move so you can not adjust the reception to point in a different direction. This reduces the amount of stations you can pick up but it does not take up the amount of room as a moving antenna. This is a user preference that you must decide on.
Check what kind of cable connection it supports. There are two different ways you can connect HD devices together. The first is via component cables. Component cables are made up of five different connections (three video and two audio). The second is through HDMI. HDMI is a single cable that provides both audio and video. The audio quality is better through HDMI and you may like the fact that it only requires one cable.
Check the price of the HDTV antennas. The price can vary depending on the size and the power of the antenna. The more powerful the antenna (the longer the range), the more expensive the antenna is likely to be.
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