We often take getting a good TV signal for granted, relying on signal receivers to silently provide crystal clear picture for our television screens while we watch on without giving a thought to satellite dishes or TV aerials.

If you would like to take your TV setup to the next level, here at JL Audio Visual, we offer a range of services including TV installation, cabling and satellite or aerial solutions.

A good TV viewing experience often comes down to the signal provided by your satellite or aerial. Here, we look at which is the better option is for your home.


One of the first categories that many homeowners who are looking for a more basic TV setup will consider when comparing satellite and aerials is the cost of each.

On its own, a satellite will be cheaper to install, but as satellites require an additional decoder to translate the signal the price is hiked up. This usually makes satellite installation much more expensive than aerial installation.

Most modern TVs are also sold with aerial connections, making buying and connecting an aerial far simpler and cheaper.

Satellites are more complex, meaning there will be a higher expense to ensure it is fully functioning.

Coverage and Reception Levels

Where you live can have an effect on the kind of signal you receive, and therefore, the type of signal receiver that you should install.

On the whole, a satellite will give you a better signal, especially if you live in a hilly area that is more likely to disrupt terrestrial TV services and receive poor aerial signal.

Satellite offers better coverage as signal is beamed from above and is not obstructed by the landscape, trees or buildings like land-based transmission towers would be.

For reliable, strong signal, satellite will prove the better option.

A satellite dish attached to a wall

Number of TVs

The number of televisions in your house can also affect whether you opt for a satellite dish or TV aerial.

Feeding extra TVs into an aerial is far easier than if you wanted a satellite to support more than one television. When setting up multiple TVs with an aerial, you can bring all of the cables back to the central aerial point and fit a splitter to share signal between the different rooms.

However, doing the same thing with a satellite can be a more complicated and expensive process, often making TV aerials the preferable option in this case.

TV Services and Content

The kind of content you want to watch on your TV will also have a significant bearing on the signal receiver that is best for you.

In the past, satellite services were the clear winner over free television accessed by aerial as services like Sky subscriptions offered more premium viewing experiences with exclusive sports content and movies.

However, as more and more channels and content become available through a TV aerial, satellite no longer has the monopoly on quality TV.

Subscription services accessed through the internet rather than satellite or aerial also offer more content, potentially making it more difficult to decide which option to choose.

Ultimately, your choice will come down to whichever receiver facilitates the content that you want to watch.


The avid television watcher does not want to be interrupted by a poor or no signal notification, and so a reliable signal is also a big deciding factor.

Satellite is often more reliable as you are less likely to be affected by poor signal from disruptions such as the surrounding landscape or buildings.

However, it is also important to note that poor signal is not always down to the efficacy of your aerial or satellite. An unreliable signal can be caused by a number of reasons, down to the installation itself.

To ensure that you are giving your aerial or satellite the best chance, it is often best to get the help of seasoned professionals that know the best ways to install the equipment. If you need exceptional satellite or aerial solutions, get in touch with our team here at JL Audio Visual today.

A TV with a static screen

Poor Weather

Another potential issue that effects reliable signal can be poor weather. As satellite dishes receive signal from space, they have to pass through far more weather, which can become especially problematic when dealing with storms or more extreme weather. This can mean that your TVs signal is interrupted or lost completely.

As signal has a far shorter distance to travel when dealing with aerial receivers, they can be more reliable, especially if you live in an area prone to poor weather.


Aside from poor weather, other causes of interference can also affect how reliable your signal is. In this case, there are far more causes of interference that will mean problems for aerials rather than satellite dishes.

Interfering sources can include things from 4G and 5G to other household appliances and passing traffic. Satellite dishes are not affected by these issues.

Which is Better?

So, when it comes down to it, which is better, a TV aerial or satellite dish? Ultimately, the answer to that question will rely on what you want out of your TV experience and which factors are most important to you.

As you can see, both options have their merits and disadvantages. Although there is no clear-cut winner, hopefully, we have shown you the kind of things you should consider before making your choice.

Here at JL Audio Visual, we are dedicated to ensuring that you are provided with the best at-home viewing experiences possible. If you would like to find out more about our satellite and aerial solutions for your home, get in touch with our expert team today!


Miss. Claire White
W. Why Media
E. claire@whymedia.com