So you connected your new antenna and all you see is a snowy, blue or black screen? You may have a TV that is not compatible with a digital antenna and need a digital converter.
The first thing you need to know is the age of your TV. If it was made prior to 2009 you definately need a digital converter. If you aren't sure when your TV was made you can find out a few ways.
- Look in your TV's manual if you still have it.
- Google the make and model and look for info on your TV online.
- Contact the manufacture of the TV and give them the model number and they can advise you.
What you are looking for is reference to a "digital" or "ATSC" tuner. This indicates that your TV has the needed tuner to work with an antenna. If you see NTSC however, it is not ready and a converter is needed.
Most big box retailers that have an electronics department will stock digital converters.