TV aerials have come a long way since the times of waving the bunny-eared aerial on top of the TV around to get a signal for three channels.
Today aerials and satellite dishes are able to transmit literally thousands of TV channels for Freeview, Sky TV and even foreign satellite TV.
Here’s a look at some interesting facts about your home aerial.
Early Home Aerials
The first ‘bunny-eared’ aerial was invented in 1953 by New York inventor, Marvin P. Middlemark. The same year, television sales gained a huge surge in popularity, partly thanks to the national broadcast of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.
However, early antennas were unsophisticated and unreliable. Measures to boost the signal ranged from using wire coat hangers, aluminium foil and even Christmas decorations to get a better picture!
A coloured bung on the base of your aerial will indicate what group of frequencies your TV will be able to pick up. A black coloured bung means your aerial is equipped to receive wide band frequencies and will be able to pick up the most signals.
3 Types Of Aerial
There are 3 types of home aerial available:
- Rooftop: the best for a good signal
- Loft: only reliable if you live in a strong signal area
- Portable indoor: other domestic appliances in your home can often interfere with the signal.
Roof top falls have resulted in fatal injuries due to people climbing onto the roof to adjust the aerial. TV personality, Rod Hull died in 1999 while trying to adjust his aerial for a football match.
Smartphone apps are now available so you can remotely re-point your aerial using smartphone commands without having to climb onto the roof.
For more information on home aerial installation and maintenance, contact Midland Digital today.