How Aerials & TV Have Evolved

So It Began

the old analogue TV colour bar system

The advent of TV was hailed a miracle, or a menace depending on the view of the the little kid who was watching it at the time. Only literally having two channels available to watch at the time, and with nothing good on them, your options as a kid were limited. Watch TV with folks or go out and get your self into mischief. The latter would be the widely chosen option for any self respecting child. Hang out with your mates or watch and listen to some dreary well spoken how to do reading poetry or the news. Over the air television was truly the first type of television available, using them good old fashioned rabbit ears TV aerials that you kept on having to threaten to get a good signal.

 

Then It Changed

As we became more adept at using technology, we were able to increase TV channels, manipulating UHF and VHF frequencies to cram more TV programs down them bandwidths. The major issue with this technology was it’s lack of motivation, seeing a tree in it’s own path would cause the signal to get lost before reaching the intended TV aerial. A gust of wind could cause severe problems for viewers trying to catch (remember, no record button on your remote, and you were lucky to have a VCR, so you had to watch at the time of broadcast) Countdown. Eventually, this had to make way for digital transmissions.

Smart TV Aerials & Televisions

With the rise in digital signals, we had to wave good bye to our old friend analogue. We also had to say good bye to the traditional aerial and use a smart TV aerial, this enabled us to receive more and more channels, with the ability to watch other channels not being broadcast via the usual methods. This would become known as the ‘press the red button now’. This has given people access to content and information that was not available through the old analogue systems, and at a speed and stability that digital has given us. With our continued progress of digital signals, it can only be an exciting prospect at what this technology can offer us next.