Television and radios has become the most used entertainment device around the world. Considering the broadcasting of news, television and radios can also be used as a communication device. During initial days when televisions and radios were introduced, the quality and performance of these devices are low. Nowadays televisions come with advanced technologies and provide more picture and audio clarity. On the other hand radios have become very compact and are used on the move. Almost all mobile phone devices produced in the recent past has the radio feature in it. Antennas or aerials are devices which are used in televisions to capture movie signals from different channels and send it to the televisions.
An antenna is an electrical device, generally a transducer which converts radio frequencies into alternate current. Until late 1980s antennas were larger in size and antenna installations have been a tough task. There are several types of antennas available. To mention a few:
• Wired antennas
• Micro strip antennas
• Aperture antennas
• Traveling wave antennas
• Log-periodic antennas
• Dish antennas
All these antennas have respective pros and cons. The technicians or antenna installers suggests one among these types of antennas based on the necessity of the customer. Introduction of Direct To Home (DTH) concept has brought dish antennas into the market. These dish antennas provide more picture clarity and have made television viewing a more interesting thing to people. These antennas work on micro wavelengths which have a frequency more than 3 GHz. Dish antenna installations are easier and takes very less time when compared to conventional antennas.
Certain other devices or accessories are used with antennas to provide effective and comfortable viewing. Following are the accessories which can be fixed during aerial installation:
• Amplifiers: As the name infers, this device helps in amplifying the signals to provide optimal strength and quality. Amplifiers are used in places where the channel signals are weak.
• Boosters: Boosters are not used nowadays. Boosters were used with conventional antennas to reduce grains and unwanted noise.
• Set top boxes: These boxes are used mostly in DTH concept. The set top box complements the dish antennas and receive signal from them. This helps to change and view different channels for which a remote control device will be provided with it. DTH comes in two popular modes namely standard and high definition.
Apart from default channels, the viewers can subscribe for their favorite or preferred channels by contacting the DTH service providers.
Several antenna install companies operate around the world and provide services to their customers. The customers who have an antenna or aerial installation need can search for the list of installers in their area by surfing the net through search engines. The customers can also get a free price quote from different antenna installation companies in their area by providing their requirements. The customers can also view the feedback of these aerial installation companies and choose a service provider based on the price quote and feedback given by different customers who have already used their service.