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Indoor vs. Outdoor TV Antenna.
Posted by Denny Duplessis

Indoor vs. Outdoor TV Antenna

With few exceptions, the chances of great TV reception success using an indoor TV antenna are slim. The reason some may disagree with me is our definition of TV reception success is different than theirs.

My definition of TV reception success is when—all channels serving my area come in 24/7. Both VHF and UHF signals are received without interruption.

The definition of TV reception success of most people who disagree with me is, some channels may be received one day and not the next, or the channels may all come in but drop out and pixelate interrupting the video and audio. This seems to happen in the middle of your favorite show.

Bottom line is this. In nearly every situation; a well-designed outdoor TV antenna will outperform and provide better TV reception than a well-designed indoor antenna.

Should I Try an Indoor Antenna?

Is the indoor antenna location nearby to the transmitting antenna towers? Usually within 10 miles is required for an indoor antenna to have a chance of success.

Is the line of site from the indoor TV antenna to the transmitting antenna good? Is the signal path open, or are there houses, buildings, hills etc. in the signal path that the signals must penetrate to reach your indoor antenna?

Can the TV signals penetrate the walls of your home? Building materials do block signal. The worst offenders are brick, drywall, any type of metal including aluminum, masonry, and tile.

If the reception conditions are very good as described above, an indoor TV antenna may be worth a try. I suggest you take a close look at the return policy before you buy. Chances are if your definition of TV antenna reception success is the same as mine you won't be happy with an indoor antenna.

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