Simple Digital Antenna Set-up
1. Pick your Digital Antenna:
An off-air antenna can be purchased at any electronics store. Before you purchase an antenna make sure your TV has a digital tuner. Most newer TVs (bought after 2007) have a digital tuner.
2. Identify the Antenna Connection on Your Television:
Look for what is called an F connector, or a round, threaded nub with a small hole in the end. Your television may have two F connectors. One for "Antenna" or "UHF/VHF" and one for "Cable." You should use the "Antenna" F connector. You can switch between Antenna and Cable using your TV's "Input" or "Source" button on the remote. If you only have one port and your cable TV is connected to it, you will need to disconnect the cable TV to connect an off-air antenna.
3. Connect the Antenna (download FCC guide)
Connect the antenna to your TV using coaxial RF cable (also known as an "F" cable).
4. Set Up Your Television:
Using the remote that came with your TV, access the setup or options menu (consult your TV's user guide for instructions. Some manufacturer's support links are provided on the right hand side of this webpage if your user guide is no longer available to you), set your input or source to either "Antenna" or "Air." Note: Some televisions have multiple inputs. Make sure you're setting the correct input during this procedure. If you have cable, and multiple inputs, you can set one input to be cable and the other to be the antenna input.
Using the remote that came with your TV, access the menu and initiate the Automatic Channel Programming Sequence (Channel Search). If you are unsure how to do this, consult the user guide that came with your TV.
Note: If you are using an HD DTV converter because your TV does not have a digital tuner, please CLICK HERE to learn more. An off-air antenna will need to be adjusted for best performance and may not work in all circumstances.