What is a telescopic antenna?

From the earliest days of broadcasting over 50 years ago, TV has come a long way. From a wooden box with a tiny screen to some of the massive flat screens now available, it has constantly improved and evolved.

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For many years, TV was a shared experience. Families would sit down together to watch their favourite programmes and people would talk about the previous evening’s viewings the following day; however, video recorders and their modern-day equivalents, digital recorders, mean that watching live TV together happens less often.

Streaming arrives

Our viewing habits have changed in recent years with the arrival of streaming services. Companies such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and others have changed the way in which we view TV and created the new phenomenon of binge-watching, whereby you watch a whole series back to back.

An article in the Guardian discussed how streaming programmes may affect the future of TV viewing and particularly their effect on advertising revenues.

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More channels

The number of channels available over the years has vastly increased. Even if you do not wish to sign up to a subscription service, you can access many channels for free via the Freeview service.

To access Freeview, you need to have a suitable aerial installed correctly. There are many local companies that can help you to ensure your aerial is set up correctly if you cannot do it yourself; for example, if you are looking for a company specialising in Gloucester TV aerial installation, you can contact an expert such as steveunettaerials.co.uk.

Telescopic antenna

There are different styles and types of aerials. It can depend on how strong the TV signal in your area is, but aerials will often be either mounted on the roof of your home or within the loft.

In areas in which TV signals are stronger, you can use indoor aerials. These are usually small and compact and sit on or close to the TV.

The telescopic antenna is useful if you may need to transport or store your aerial. This is made of interlocking, extendable metal rods or tubes that will slide inside each other to form telescopic elements; when extended, these create the antenna. A very basic version was the old-style car radio aerials that you could close right down on themselves and pull back out to make the full aerial.