When purchasing a long-range television antenna, it is important to get height on the antenna, have an amplifier on the antenna and point it in the right direction. When shopping for an antenna, the purchaser should choose immediately between a multi-directional or unidirectional antenna, according to Consumer Reports.
In many cases, there is little correlation between price and quality of the antenna. Cheaper antennae often perform as well as more expensive ones, so it is important to try different antennae out and purchase from a provider with a no-hassle return policy. When testing an antenna, it is crucial to point it in the right direction because aiming it away from a television broadcasting tower results in little to no signal.