The freeview channels in many areas will be boosted in power, or moved
to the current analogue frequencies for which your aerial was intended,
when the analogue signals are turned off.
In the meantime, the digital frequencies are transmitted at lower power
or on out-of-group frequencies, to which your aerial is less sensitive.
The reason an analogue one will work is because there is no such thing as a
digital aerial, they are all analogue.
You will not get digital TV by just changing the aerial, you /need/ either:-
a satellite box + disk
a freeview TV + aerial
a freeview set top box + aerial
That's an analogue aerial with the words digital added to fool the less
It will probably work with analogue TV but not very well as it doesn't
appear to be very directional and you suffer multipath interference
If anything you can use a cheaper poorer quality aerial for digital TV.
That might well be true once analogue is turned off and the power of
digital is increased, but for the moment digital muxes are quite weak.
As distance from both signal sources is increased, digital is always
the first to become completely unusable.
I have a A22HG wide band, mind you it was not the current price when I
brought mine and for an RG postcode works brilliant, and a lot cheaper
than the £180 I was quoted to have one fitted and all I did was to point
it in the same direction as the other ones nearby no fancy set up tools
really needed I did buy strength meter A55HJ but it was next to useless
as it to insensitive only having 5 LEDS the difference in degrees
between a led going off was about 60
but as others have said you might not need a new aerial to pick up
Digital just give it a try then buy one if its really needed
Hmmm, I fell for one of those and as you suggest not really that much
use for alignment. I keep intending to add a small pot to it, to be
able to adjust its sensitivity so at least you can get it to just light
a LED at a peak. A cheap small analogue meter would have been much
You either need a TV with Freeview/Digital built in, or you need a
Freeview box. The aerial is either good enough for Freeview or it
isn't, it'll make no difference if you have a separate Freeview box or
a TV with Freeview built-in.
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