Entertainment enthusiasts who live in the suburbs or beyond will likely need larger outdoor TV antennas to ensure a solid Over-the-Air signal. These types of antennas are usually mounted on the roof or in the attic of your home.
However, not all of us have the physical ability to get up on the roof, the proper tools or the know-how to install a TV antenna without damaging the roof itself.
That’s where professional TV antenna installers come in.
Keep reading to learn more about locating and choosing a professional TV antenna installer in your area.
Finding a Local TV Antenna Installer
The surging interest in receiving free TV with an Over-the-Air antenna has kept local installers busy over the last few years. Most major cities will have at least one business that will either specialize specifically in Over-the-Air antenna installation or perhaps in installations of antennas and towers for various uses including cellular and internet technology.
Professional audio/visual or home theater installers may also provide this service, along with setting up streaming devices and Over-the-Air DVRs.
Finding these businesses is as simple as a Google search. Try typing in “TV antenna installer in *your area.*”
(NOTE: Tyler isn't doing TV antenna installations at the moment, but will do online consultations for those who don't mind DIY-ing but would like some expert advice.)
Notice some of your neighbors have an outdoor TV antenna? Ask them who they used or post on your local Facebook or NextDoor group to seek a referral.
How Do I Choose a Good TV Antenna Installer?
Because the availability of Over-the-Air signal varies greatly depending on your location, dealing with someone who has experience installing TV antennas in your neighborhood is helpful.
Based on your address, professional installers should have a good idea of the type of antenna you’ll need and the direction it should be pointed to receive your favorite channels.
They should also be aware of any line-of-sight issues or sources of interference that could affect your ability to pull in local stations. They can even recommend antenna accessories and things like Over-the-Air DVRs to enhance your setup.
Kevin from Dallas Antenna says consumers should ask potential installers how they align antennas and about the brands of antennas and parts they use.
He says quality installers will use a signal meter vs. just a simple compass for optimizing antenna alignment and use products from reputable vendors like Antennas Direct, Channel Master, Winegard and Antronix.
Why Not Ask Dish?
Over the last few years, Dish has gotten into the Over-the-Air TV antenna installation game. Unfortunately, the reviews from real streamers have been mixed.
Dish uses a single brand of antenna for all installations regardless of your specific requirements. They may also require the TV antenna be installed on an existing satellite mount instead of the roof, even if that’s not the ideal location for reception.
And if something goes wrong or you have questions down the road, you’ll have to deal with Dish directly instead of the subcontractor doing the work.
Want to try to DIY you antenna install but not sure what kind of antenna you need? Take our simple quiz to help narrow down the options. You can also find a general list of our recommended antennas here.
Pair your antenna with an OTA DVR device to record your favorite shows
Did you know you can use an antenna similarly to how you watch cable? Ditch the costly subscription fees, but keep the cable capabilities (record, pause, rewind and fast forward) with an OTA DVR device. Here are the products we recommend:
Tablo DUAL 128GB Over-the-Air [OTA] DVR: Record up to 80 HD hours and stream up to two free broadcast channels from your HDTV antenna simultaneously.
Tablo QUAD 1TB Over-the-Air [OTA] DVR: Record up to 700 hours and stream up to four free broadcast channels from their over-the-air HDTV antenna simultaneously.
By our friends at Tablo.