What causes poor TV reception?

There’s nothing more annoying than having poor reception on your TV – especially if you are trying to watch an important sports game or your favourite film. Here are a few things that may be causing the problem.

June 9, 2022

Signs of poor TV reception include:

  • Pixelation
  • Colour & sound distortion
  • Images dropping in & out
  • Strange noises  
  • ‘No signal’ message
  • Some channels work & others don't   

There can be many causes, but try these basics first:

  • Make sure your TV and power cables are connected to the wall sockets as well as the TV.
  • Try and perform an auto or manual scan for your TV channels (you may need to refer to your TV instruction manual for this one).  
  • If you have an amplifier in your system, make sure the power supply is plugged in and turned on.

Other issues that can affect your reception are:

  • Badly installed or poor-quality cabling.
  • Incorrect installation of splitters, connectors and amplifiers.
  • Your antenna has been knocked out of alignment by the stormy weather or not set up properly in the first place.
  • Poor internal connections.
  • Heavy rain has caused damage to parts of your antenna system.
  • Interference from mobile transmission towers, LED lights, electrical interference and even the solar panels on your roof.  

TV reception and antenna issues are a complicated business, so it’s best to call your local antenna professionals. They can have a look at your home’s set up, discover the problem and advise the best solution.

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