When you're watching TV, it's normally a time when you're trying to relax and forget about your daily worries. So it's incredibly frustrating when you suddenly start experiencing signal problems, with the picture and sound becoming poor quality, or even disappearing entirely. And it always seems to happen just at the best bit of a programme!
If you're one of the unlucky people who have this problem often, there's usually a reason your signal is so bad.
Although it probably makes you want to throw the remote control at the screen, it's a better idea to run through a few steps and see if you can improve the signal permanently. If it's not something you can fix yourself, hopefully you'll be able to work out what the problem is so you can get a tv service to fix it for you.
What type of aerial?
There are two main categories of television aerial: indoor and outdoor. If you have an indoor aerial, the signal can sometimes be improved drastically just by moving it slightly or adjusting the tilt. This will take some experimentation, but it's worth doing if you're having problems since it's such an easy fix.
With outdoor aerials, you might need to get a professional to adjust it for you. If it used to be fine but has got worse, it may have been knocked out of alignment by weather or wildlife.
Whichever type of aerial you have, if it's ageing a bit, a new one might be a good investment. More recent models are much better with the digital signal than older aerials.
Check the connections
Aerials aren't all or nothing. A loose connection can still give you some signal, just not the best it can be. Make sure everything is plugged in tightly at both ends, as they can easily become loose over time – or it may never have been fitted properly in the first place.
Amplify the signal – or don't
Fitting a signal amplifier electronically boosts your aerial's power to pick up TV, which could be the solution to all your problems. On the other hand, if you've been using one for a while and you're getting interference, try watching television without it; in some cases, they actually make things worse.
Assess your other electronics
Electronic devices can cause significant interference, so if you're a bit of a tech fan, take a look at the other things plugged in in the region of your TV. They could be what's causing the issues, so turn off and unplug everything that's not in use. It only takes a second to plug them back in when you need them.