How much does it cost for TV aerial installation?

With the digital switchover due to be completed this year, you might be thinking about getting a new TV aerial installed. The benefits of this include better picture quality, as well as more channels to choose from.


How much does TV aerial installation cost?

The consumer interest group Which? carried out research which found that aerial installation costs from £55 to £215, but according to Digital UK, TV aerial installation costs vary from £60 to £180. As you can see the prices differ quite a lot so it is worth contacting several local TV aerial installers to get an assortment of quotes. Make sure you avoid any TV aerial scams which are said to be on the rise now that the digital switchover is happening. If you are unsure about anything you can contact Digital UK’s consumer helpline on 08456 50 50 50.

What does the digital switchover mean for my TV aerial?

The digital switchover will only affect your household if you receive TV signal through a TV aerial (i.e. not a satellite or cable connection). If you do have a standard aerial, it will receive its signal via a transmitter, of which there are over 1,000 in the UK alone. Each of these main transmitters is put into one of 80 transmitter groups. During the rest of this year each group will take turns switching over to digital.

Each group has a main switchover transmitter and local relay transmitters. Before the digital switchover, the local relay transmitters could only transmit an analogue TV signal, but after the switchover (due to finish this year) all transmitters will transmit a digital signal, which means that consumers will have around 15 channels to select from, as opposed to the standard five.

Where can I find a reputable TV aerial installer?

If you have decided to go ahead and get a new TV aerial installed, you will need to contact a local TV aerial installer to do the job for you. The next few tips will help you find a good installer:

  • Check your installer is approved by the CAI or the RDI-LB. If you are unsure, visit their websites which will provide you with a list of TV aerial installers in your area who are approved
  • Avoid TV aerial installers who start talking about ‘digital aerials’ or ‘freeview aerials’ – neither these are real terms but are used as a marketing ploy
  • Make sure the TV aerial installer agrees to come and do a quick check before agreeing to any work, to make sure they are prepared for the job

How long will my new TV aerial last for?

In order to get the most life out of your TV aerial it is worth paying an experienced professional to install it for you. A typical TV aerial should last from between 20 and 30 years, which makes it worth the initial installation costs.

Where should my TV aerial be located?

One of the most obvious and often best places to put your TV aerial is on the roof, this is often the best place for it to receive a signal and this will mean you will get a better picture quality. If you have a loft, another option would be to place your TV aerial there, though this didn’t used to be common practice as the signal strength was not so strong. This is no longer a problem because thanks to the digital switchover the power is increasing, meaning it should receive a better signal strength in the loft.

You will also need to think about how to station your TV aerial, as that can impede on the quality of your picture. Wavelengths tend to be around 14 to 25 inches long, so just moving your TV a few feet can make all the difference. Consult your TV aerial installer for advice specific to your home; they should be able to provide you with more detailed feedback.


21 thoughts on “How much does it cost for TV aerial installation?

  1. The cost of aerial installations depends on several factors like brand, location etc. But most importantly make sure to hire a licensed aerial installer as not everyone is qualified to install tv aerials.

  2. I’ve an old aerial, is it possible to watch freewiew digital without changing the aerial?

  3. If you’re fit & able, get onto the roof (with safety in mind) and install it yourself. If the aerial is of good enough quality and pointed in the right direction, you’ll receive all the channels. If you don’t know which direction it should point to, look at other aerials in the neighbourhood and copy. Simple really…

    Sorry but I fail to see why you need to be ‘qualified’ to install an aerial! Maybe I’m of a different generation…

  4. To purchase even inferior quality materials from one of the DIY sheds would cost almost as much as having your new aerial supplied and professionally installed, if the general public realised the amount of training and test equipment needed to carry out a proper installation no one would attempt installing their own aerial, let alone attempt to climb onto a roof without fall arrest equipment.
    At best a poorly installed DIY job at worst a trip to A&E.
    A professionally installed quality aerial should last 20-30 years and will prove money well spent. I am yet to see any externally mounted DIY aerial install that will last more than 5 years and that is the better ones.

  5. Checking approval by CAI makes a real difference to the quality of TV aerial installation an installer will provide – simply looking for the CAI logo (and checking their registration number to check they are for real) and you will save long term.

    • I would say so as it just cost me £409 to have one fitted then have the wire put through to the living room. They told me if I want wires put through to other rooms it would cost an extra £30 a room I feel robbed.

  6. Alvaro Figuero freeview works like normal TV, however because the signal is different probably you will need a box to convert them or a new Digi TV. x

  7. Again this is where there is a large difference between a quality aerial install with cai approved equipment and a job done on the cheap with cheap and poor quality materials. But for an install of a single areial to one point, you shouldn’t be paying less than £140

  8. i have freesat dish with duel lnb can i use it instead of roof aerial for another freesat recorder which has the connections
    for t. v roof aerial

  9. I would recommend a log periodic aerial, we install these from £139. they are the best around and we only use quality equipment.

  10. Today I brought a digital Aerial from Selco all included cable Areial even the clips all for £23.00 I fitted the Aerial in 3 places with a spilter box, in a 3 storey house including hiding the cables, about 5 hours start to finish, I am a property Maintenance Specialist I have done several now my average price for labour is £200.00 and that’s including parking in Putney South West London. 07956 195917

    • Sorry, No Such Thing as a digital antenna. The antenna elements receive a Radio Frequency of aboyr 400 to 600 megahertz. The receiver connected to the antenna may Demodulate the signal to derive data that can indeed be interpreted as Digital, but the antenna, knows nothing of this, it is just a folded peice of wire in the form of an array and resonates at the desired frequency.

  11. The antenna type, with director and reflectors should be chosen depending upon signal strength and local reflections. If there are few local reflections, and you are in line of sight of one of the 1000 or so transmittor masts, you only need the simplest form of antenna. To install an antenna before measuring the signal strength and direction is asking to be ripped off by people claiming to be ‘specialists’. Having a larger, more complicated looking antenna fitted needlessly is the same as buying a Ferrarri to use on a cycle path.

    • Knowing whether to point your wideband(digital) aerial to either the main transmitter or relay is where a professionals advice is often needed. Been into so many lofts where the aerial is either pointing of to the wrong location or even turn the wrong way, or the diy er has used the wrong aerial for that location, usually too big bringing in way to much interference or over signalling. Having the correct equipment to measure both signal strength & quality plus noise interference is important, but nothing is better than experience. Go to rdi website for qualified installers in your area.

    • If any aerial installer came to me and advised that I required a Wideband TV aerial since the introduction of 4G/LTE I would be finding a different installer. Group T the new Full Band covers CH21 to CH60 where a Wideband covers CH21 to CH68. CH61 to CH68 are now used by 4G/LTE.
      For me Group A Aerial as I am comming of the Crystal Pallace Transmitter and am in a week signal area.


  12. Sorry if this is a basic question, but is there any benefit over using a satellite receiver rather than an antenna style aerial? We have just refurbished our house and are starting fresh regarding our tv. We are in a rural area with poor signal. Neighbours satellite dishes seem to point in a different direction to roof top aerials so I presume they are picking up completely different signals?
    If it makes a difference we are just hoping to receive freeview which would be routed to a ‘Loftbox’ to send the signal to bedrooms and sitting room.


  13. There is a difference between receiving your TV signal via a satellite dish or a TV Aerial. The TV aerial signal comes off a terrestrial transmitter & the satellite Dish receives its signal from an orbiting satellite in space. That’s why the dish and TV aerial can end up pointing in a different direction. With the signal coming from an aerial this can be sent direct via a coax cable into your dvb TV to receive freeview channels.

    The signal from the satellite dish is again different and needs to go into either a TV which has a Freesat Tuner (not just Freeview) in it or it needs to go into a Freesat digibox which then connects to your TV. You cannot just plug a satellite tv signal into a tv without a Freesat Tuner!!!
    Hope that helps.

  14. Hi,

    I would like to know how much you charge for supplying and installing a new ariel.

    I live in a residential property in east london.


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