How to Set Up an HDTV Antenna

When you no longer want to subscribe to a TV service and wish to save on cable bills, try an indoor digital antenna. If your HDTV is within 15 miles of a TV station or broadcast tower, this antenna may receive the digital signals needed for good reception. Connecting the wires and adjusting the antenna will help you enjoy hours of broadcasting at an economical price.

Flat TV placed on the street
An indoor digital antenna should face a broadcast tower.
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Connecting the Antenna

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Power off your HDTV and carefully reposition it to display the ports for easy access.

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Connect the antenna cable to the TV's cable antenna or VHF/UHF input port, usually located on the side or back. Rotate the cable's F connector clockwise against the port to fasten.

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Connect the free end of the cable to the antenna's output jack.

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Connect the power supply cord to the antenna and plug it into an electrical outlet.

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Move the antenna away from the TV to minimize electronic interference and point the antenna toward a broadcast tower. For example, open a window and move the antenna to face outside.

Remote Control Settings

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Press the "Menu" or "Home" key on your remote control and press the down-arrow key until the "Channel" or "Channel Settings" option is highlighted.

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Press the "Set" or "+" key and navigate to the "Signal" setting. Press the arrow key to highlight the Antenna setting and press "+" to confirm.

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Cycle through the channels to assess the reception on your TV. Reposition the antenna to improve the picture quality, if necessary.

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