While indoor TV antennas might be enough to receive the over the air TV signals in some cases, you might need an outdoor antenna for different reasons. Outdoor antennas are available in different formats and are mostly considered to be more robust than indoor antennas. You will most probably need an outdoor antenna if you are living in a rural area away from a major city as the intervals between the broadcast or repeating towers will be higher in the rural areas. The chief advantage of buying an antenna (indoor or outdoor) against going for a cable or satellite connection is that it is free to use and you will be able to get most of the national networks where the most popular shows are on air. Hence, before you buy the antenna, make sure you will be able to receive your favorite channels through your antenna. It might be difficult to receive signals even with the best quality antenna if you live in rural areas which are quite away from any major city or places where the signal will be disrupted (near a cell phone tower or other places where there is some frequency radiation). There are many sites like antenna web or dtv that can help you understand the channels available in different regions. While the important features to look for in antennas are same for both indoor and outdoor antennas, there are some additional features like size, operating temperature and installation procedures to consider for outdoor antennas.
You do not want antenna which requires you to drill multiple holes and a lot of equipments to set it up. The antenna should be durable and should be able to operate well without disturbances in any weather conditions. If you live in places with extreme weather conditions, make sure the antenna can withstand and operate under all temperatures. The RCA-ANT751 Durable Compact Outdoor Antenna will be shipped to you with a pre-assembled design so that you do not have to spend time on mixing and assembling the parts. All the hardware required to mount the antenna are included by the manufacturer.When you are buying any antenna, you will need it to receive as many signals as possible over a wide range. The RCA-ANT751 Durable Compact Outdoor Antenna can provide excellent signal reception up to a radius of 40 miles. As the over the air channels are available in different frequency bands like UHF and VHF, you have to choose an antenna that covers all these signals. In addition to the national networks, you will require your antenna to catch all the local television broadcasts in your area. Make sure your antenna can support full HD reception. Some of the national networks and even local networks offers free HD channels in addition to the standard definition channels. If your TV supports HD, an HD receiving antenna can provide you with best HD quality pictures.