The best aerial installation, satellite installation and CCTV installation team in Sheffield?
Well, it’s AB Aerials of course!
But don’t take our word for it! We were thankful to be invited back by our customers who share their stories about the excellent customer service, product knowledge and quality workmanship that goes into every AB Aerials installation!
Satellite installation in Sheffield – A delighted customer!
This happy customer in Sheffield was delighted with his satellite installation and configuration. The homeowner wanted to watch football from abroad and with our help, he can now enjoy his favourite sports directly through his satellite! Check out our satellite installation pages for more information on this service.
Aerial installation in Sheffield – a testimonial from a repeat customer.
This customer was thrilled to invite us back to her home after successfully installing a new aerial in the property. We have returned again to offer new services for her home to ensure maximum enjoyment of her TV and AV equipment, along with home security, through the means of CCTV installation on the property.
The benefits of CCTV installation – why you could consider a CCTV installation at your property.
A secure home is a happy home, and it is becoming more frequent that we get requests for CCTV installation across the Sheffield region. This homeowner was delighted with our service and the added peace of mind a well equipped and modern CCTV installation can bring to the home. Are you considering a CCTV installation on your property? Then don’t leave the site without checking out our CCTV installation page!
The best CCTV, Aerial & Satellite installation company in Sheffield.
These are just a selection of our hundreds of delighted customers across the Sheffield region. You can see more of our 5-Star Google rated reviews over on the review page, which we are proud to say puts us up there with the best for customer service, quality and delivery.
Contact us today to see how we can help you get more enjoyment from your property!
Getting value for money from your aerial, satellite and CCTV installation
A helpful guide before choosing your installation
As once warbled from a red-headed Manchester crooner in the mid 1980’s – “Money’s too tight mention” (Millennials looking blanked faced no doubt). Well, it’s true, so you don’t want to be easily parted from it and that’s a given. We at AB Aerials want to walk away from a job like the Sure deodorant advert – smelling of roses, confident (that the customer is happy) and with a big tick of satisfaction next to our name. Think I’m feeling slightly nauseous after those terrible analogies…
- An initial contact giving free and no obligation advice (no one likes a cold sell) in relation to which product or service best suits you
- A free call out service to carry out a survey or fault diagnosis from a City & Guilds qualified engineer
- Great value prices
- Easy payment methods
- After sales service to help you through any queries you might have
The bottom line, of course, is how much is the work going to cost? So at the risk of bearing all to my competitors, the breakdown is thus:
- A new aerial supplied and fitted (including aerial, mast, brackets and cable) to receive Freeview start from £95
- Additional rooms start from £35 per room
- A new satellite system supplied and fitted (including satellite dish, LNB, brackets and cable) to receive Freesat or SKY start from £95
- TV wall mount service starts from £65
- Single camera CCTV system start fro £395
- A basic wireless alarm system from £545
All this seems remarkably reasonable and there’s no VAT to pay – so there’s a 20% saving for starters. Other services are available such as repair and relocation work as well as HDMI distribution around the home. The costs of such services are dependent on a site survey to accurately price. Agreed it’s not just about the money it’s about “everything” to do with the sale such as the service, the added value, the quality of workmanship so check out these blogs which outlines AB Aerials best practice
For a more detailed explanation of what we do please visit the relevant services page relating to aerial installation, satellite installation, and CCTV installation. To see how we do and check out what our customers think of us visit the 5-star reviews page. Also there are a ton of helpful blogs giving advice on all things televisual and more.
We’ve have been around for over 35 years so we must be doing something right!! As Carly Simon said of AB Aerials “Nobody does it better” (Millennials scratching their heads again)
For more information about AB Aerials and how we can help you enjoy your home more, please do feel free to contact us for a no hassle conversation.
Troubleshooting, or as we like to say in Sheffield S6, dépanneuring (not really), is defined in Wikipedia (so it must be true) as “a form of problem-solving often applied to the repair of failed products or processes on a machine or system.”
The thrust of this blog has come about because people are being “ripped-off” by the unscrupulous and being sold a product or service which they don’t need at an inflated cost which could have otherwise been resolved much cheaply through Troubleshooting. The loss of your Freeview or Freesat service doesn’t necessarily mean having to resort to a new aerial, satellite dish or amplification system. The customer just needs an honest company, i.e. AB Aerials (check out the 5-star reviews!), to have a look and give a free, no obligation assessment of the issue.
See some other blogs from the archive about Which? Trusted Traders and Consumer Confidence
Just like the Clint Eastwood hombre character in the Spaghetti Westerns AB Aerials are here to make Good what is Bad and Ugly.
I don’t think “The Man No Name” sartorial sympathies meet current Health and Safety requirements. We actually wear hard hats, steel toe cap boots and hi-vis jackets when necessary for the record!! However, we don’t look anywhere near as cool. I wonder what the local constabulary would say if we rocked up to job sporting a Smith & Western revolver on our hips??
How AB Aerials helps our customers
How do we help our customers and add value to our services? In this instance AB Aerials giveaway, at no cost, a Troubleshooting E-Book on the website which highlights SIX common TV signal issues and how to resolve them in relation to Freeview (free to air programmes received via an aerial) and Freesat (free to air programmes received through a satellite dish). Go grab your e-book from the home page today!
AB Aerials 5 step checklist for troubleshooting your issues
If you’re not confident in applying the advice given in the E-Book, AB Aerials will carry out a five step troubleshooting programme which includes:
Verification that the problem actually exists
Isolating the cause of the problem
Correcting the cause of the problem
Verifying the problem has been corrected and
to prevent future problems
A thorough investigation leading to a successful and permanent resolution.
Most importantly, if your TV picture is being disrupted, always check for cats on the aerial. An increasing issue spreading across the country affecting signal reception and setting temperatures rising on Saturday evening when trying to watch Match of The day. 8 out of 10 owners prefer to enjoy TV without the hindrance of a cat on the aerial.
New aerial installation in Sheffied.
How can AB Aerials help you? we are the regions leading installer of aerials, satellite, CCTV and home security in Sheffield. Why not give us a call or contact us to see how we can help you!
Meaow and goodbye for now.
There are loads of “buzz” words out there like “knowledge transfer”, “on point” and “synergy” which are at best baffling and at worst skin crawlingly irksome!! But what the hey, I’m going to join the party as AB Aerials is a progressive business and by “thinking outside the box” we can suggest “on key” products and services by taking a “holistic approach” in giving our customers the best and most relevant experience they can have.
Basically what all that “gumpf” means is that we can offer a greater range of stuff using ladders.
Times they are a-changing
Seriously though it is true that in order to stay afloat as a business you have to adapt and change. With this in mind, around seven years ago AB Aerials began installing CCTV systems as well as aerials and satellite dishes. Since then the CCTV products have improved and become so user-friendly that images are super HD quality and customers can trace activity, not only through monitors and televisions, but also on mobile and tablet devices.
So to carry on this evolutionary time line we can now bring to the table a similarly easy to use “smart alarm system”.
Not only can this be employed as a stand alone security system (as can be testified by my parents) but integrated with a CCTV system thus further increasing the security of your home.
What is a smart alarm system?
What is a smart alarm system and why is it such a good product?
The answer is two-fold. Firstly, it is wireless which makes it easy and quick to install and secondly, that due to its “smartness” it can be operated from phones and tablets in and away from the house in a number of ways.
See the maxxone smart alarm system here as an example of the hardware we install.
By downloading the app and adding the smart alarm system to it, full functionality can be controlled from a phone/tablet. Hence, entrance and exit delays can be set as well as the easy addition of extra users if needs be. A key fob is also provided which is push button operated that arms/disarms the system, sets the night time or “Home” mode and makes provision for a “SOS but button which is utilised in the case of a personal attack (heaven forbid). A SIM card can be installed in the “controller” which automatically notifies designated appointees of an incident. Finally, there is a more traditional key pad which can also arm and disarm the system by punching in a PIN code
Additional extras to your smart alarm system
Additionally, other devices can be added such as a siren (external alarm box) which gives off a 110 dB ear busting noise and smart plugs that can regulate when lights come on and off when the customer is away. In all a great piece of kit which be fitted in no time and very minimal disruption.
It’s not only peace of mind that customers are wanting but also a system that easy to use, value for money and most of all effective! To offer up one more buzz phrase this smart alarm system “ticks all the boxes”.
AB Aerials – the leading choice in home security installation
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Some pleasant surprises and myth-busting words around your aerial and satellite installation.
I’m sure when Ernest Hemmingway wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls” book he didn’t have TV aerial and satellite systems in mind. Nevertheless, I thought I’d nick his mysteriously titled novel and use it for my own purposes – so ta muchly Ernest.
Whenever I go knocking on my customer’s doors (exactly 766 times last financial year according to my database) I’m constantly surprised at their enthusiasm to embrace, if not a new TV aerial or satellite dish, at least provision for TV in additional rooms. Granted the customer is more likely to be over 35 and can remember a time when remote controls were a twinkle in a mad scientist’s eye and professional footballers used to catch the bus to matches with the fans rather than being flown in to stadiums on their personal zephyrs.
The viewing habits of the “Millenials”
Having read a recent survey by The Consumer Technology Association (never heard of them but I’m assuming they’re a reputable bunch) it stated that “Millennials” (people aged between 18 and 34) spend 55% of their video watching time consuming content after it has been aired i.e. 35% on streaming services or video on demand (VoD) and 20% on recorded shows.
The statistics for this group show a continuous move away from watching live TV to web based streaming and VoD which by implication means a divergence from traditional methods of receiving TV signals. Initially I metaphorically gulped and thought that this must be one of the final nails in the coffin for the industry in which I earn my bread and butter. It probably will be in the long run but at present I’d argue that there is still life yet in receiving TV programmes via an aerial or satellite dish as they still offer a viable, not least cheaper, alternative to streaming and VoD services.
The best way to watch and enjoy your TV.
Agreed, it is generally accepted that kids don’t watch live TV as the numbers show but people over 35 spend 80% of their video watching time on live TV. And the best way to do this is through TV aerials and satellite dishes and here’s why…
The quality of the images is a better than streaming services which are reliant on a constant and decent streaming speed. Hence there are issues with poor resolution, pixelating and drop out altogether. These issues are further compounded by the short sightedness of BT (the UK’s largest internet provider) not investing in a fibre optic cable network. Over the past 10 years or so millions of pounds have been spent on digging the ground up and laying copper cables which are not as effective and efficient in aiding loading speeds. Hence, having spent so much dosh on a copper network there is little likelihood they are going to throw a load more on a wholesale change to fibre. So in TV viewing terms there will be a significant delay in improvement to streaming services.
Secondly, TV aerial and satellite systems are cheap to install! We at AB Aerials can supply and fit an aerial from £95 and a satellite dish from £120. Given that once installed they can survive exposed for at least 10 years so that’s an investment of £9.50 per year – good value I’d say. Also from a single aerial or dish any number of rooms can be provided with a TV service so you’re not restricted to the whims of Wi-Fi as everything is hard wired! This is a cheap affair too as additional rooms can be added for around £35 each.
Currently, and for the foreseeable future, the TV viewing experience is optimised by watching content on a decent television. My kids along with countless others watch programmes etc on a phone or tablet. I seriously doubt the euphoria of watching a great sporting event or an important news story is enhanced by looking on a device no bigger than your palm, then pixelating, breaking up and disappearing.
If you need or require a discussion about your TV viewing pleasure in your home, why not get in touch for a no hassle chat about how we can help improve your experience.
Choosing a Which Trusted Trader For Your Next Job
As a “normal Joe” and fully paid up member of society (rather than a heart of stone contractor!) I feel a customer’s pain when looking for a tradesperson. There are so many “horror” stories out there about “Rogue traders” it’s daunting and I can sympathise as I’ve been a victim too. It’s the feeling of vulnerability that gnaws away at you because who other than the very person you want to employ has the knowledge that you don’t!!
Questions are raised such as
- how much should I pay?
- Who’s a reputable installer?
- Will they turn up when they said they would?
- Will they answer/return my calls?
Sound familiar – of course they do, because nobody wants to be ripped off!
Previously I’ve written blogs on customer confidence and this time I want to promote further reasons why a customer of AB Aerials is in safe hands when choosing the right tradesperson for your next job
AB Aerials – A Which? Trusted Trader
Recently AB Aerials as business has undergone the process of becoming a Which Trusted Trader (WTT). There are a lot of “Find a Trader” platforms out there but we wanted to go for the “Gold Standard” as Which have a “rich history in rewarding good services, products and businesses for the benefit of UK consumers”. Well, I’m glad we decided to go with Which as their whole philosophy is centred on customer protection.
There is a rigourous assessment process which other trading sites just don’t have. This involves substantiating individual’s professional qualifications, company credit status, continuous customer feedback and AB Aerials signing up to a Code of Conduct and Ethics. Any of which are breached and you’re down the road!!! Hence, the customer is protected from “Rogue Traders” and charlatans. For instance, if you’re quoted for work there is an arrangement for a 14 day cooling off period and you can cancel and if you’re unhappy with the work WTT offer a free arbitration/dispute resolution service (all this can be found in the Complaints Procedure of the website). Ultimately every stage of the work process is geared to customer protection and the responsibility to provide an excellent service falls to AB Aerials or else there will be consequences, be that legal or financial!
I have to say it was a relief when I got the good news and been told AB Aerials had been endorsed by WTT as this meant that the work practices of our business were of a high standard and WTT would be confident in promoting us. What made this even sweeter was that we were told that only 1 in 4 applications were successful. Pat on the back all round then!
Out of interest, I typed in aerial and satellite installers in Sheffield on the WTT site and only two other businesses appeared. One was based in Humberside (say what!!) and the others were an electrical contractor stating they do audio-visual work and as it happens they sub-contract this work to AB Aerials anyway. The question has got to be asked why aren’t there any other similar businesses with WTT? The answer is, of course, it is unlikely they would meet the standards required and those that have applied have been unsuccessful.
So why go with anybody else? Go with AB Aerials – for a better resolution!!
Contact us today to see how we can help you. Which? Trusted Traders are renowned for customer service and value so you are safe in the knowledge your installation will be treated with upmost care.
Moving house or renovating? Don’t forget your TV and audio connections!
AB Aerials can take the strain!
We’re not going to get our hands dirty with the likes of lifting your solid oak chest of drawers in and out of the loft, but what we can do is enhance your televisual experience in your new or extended house. A bold statement.
I can’t tell you how many times I get asked “can you put a TV point in my lounge?” and I turn up only to find that the house has already been redecorated or refurbished. Well, I could tell you and it’s about once a week!
I don’t know the reasons for this but the audio-visual (AV) aspect is always overlooked. The plumbing, electrics and where to fit your new furniture take priority and last on the list (if at all) is the poor relation AV. It’s so disappointing and frustrating for the customer on realising that in order to get the telly in the far corner next to the tropical fish tank half of their newly plastered and painted wall will have to be chiselled out to get the appropriate cables to where they are supposed to be.
The same is true when moving house. A spot of preplanning is necessary as to where you want to park yourself to watch TV once settled in.
Have you considered your CCTV, TV installation, Satellite installation or TV wall mounting solutions?
Are you planning a house move? What about your TV and audio connections?
If you’ve been planning a move or had the builders and architects round to plan your loft conversion, it’s time to get ruthless. Look at the layout of your home and work out where everything is to go. Be proactive and make arrangements for your future televisual entertainment.
What to look for in your next audio and AV engineer.
The most important factor, as with all trades works, is to get a competent and reliable contractor. Essentially ensure that they are qualified, insured, CRB checked, use industry approved materials, does not leave site until the work is commissioned and gives a decent guarantee. It’s always worth get testimonials and recommendations too!!
Once you’ve decided on your friendly neighbourhood AV man get him over to see what your requirements are and where you want stuff siting. This is equally applicable to CCTV installation and data points around the house. If you’re having work done a good way to save yourself a few quid is to get the electrician to pull-in coax, data and HDMI cables as he’s already doing this with his cabling as electric sockets are always likely to be close to aerial and satellite points (see why today is a good day for 4k). Additionally if you’re having a TV wall mount get the sparky to put an electrical socket along side an aerial point behind where the TV is to go as well making provision for HDMI leads, data cables and the TV’s power cable – nothing worse than having dangling cables on show. There’s no point getting two tradesmen to do one job.
It’s always prudent when installing CCTV to site the recorder device out of sight so it doesn’t get whisked away by a light-fingered thief thus negating have such a system in the first place. I recommend putting the recorder somewhere like the loft so get your understanding electrician to install a couple of double sockets up there so all the equipment will be hidden.
Essentially, here at AB Aerials we try and side step the old idiom “failure to plan is planning to fail” so whilst the opportunity to make plans is apparent take it and future proof you new or renovated house and sit back and watch TV over by the tropical fish tank. The alternative is unthinkable!!
Leading independent TV aerial and satellite installation company in Sheffield.
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What’s your dog watching on TV?
It’s common knowledge that a dog is a man’s best friend who’s pampered and treated better than the kids. And why not, they’re more loyal, obedient and responsive. However, up until recently, the poor pooch wouldn’t have been able to watch TV with the same quality of viewing as those dastardly kids due to what’s known in the scientific world as “Flicker Fusion Frequency” i.e. the three F’s.
Refresh rate of your television; humans vs dogs!
Human’s (including children in that grouping) require around 16 to 20 images per second to perceive a continuous image whereas Rex and his pack need closer to 70 images per second. Older televisions refresh images 50 to 60 times per second and because a dog’s visual system is sensitive to flickering (which apparently helps them perceive motion) a dog’s brain may “read” on screen imagery as a dancing flip book or strobe light effect.
In that case, thank goodness for technological advances as new television models have a refresh rate of 70 images per second. So if you want your dog to watch TV alongside you had better nip out to the January sales toute suite!!
Avid followers of AB Aerials blogs (both of you) will be aware that criteria for the purchase of a new TV can be found in “8 top tips to choosing a TV” and “A good day to buy a 4K TV” previously drafted as an infomercial.
The one doggy issue televisions cannot cater for is the sound quality because no matter what fantastic sound bar you may get or super subwoofer installed (pun very much intended) the difference in hearing frequency ranges between humans and dogs mean that loud noises may be painful to old Rex. So if your wonder pup is jumping up and down for no apparent reason to “Later .. with Jools Holland” on a Friday evening it’s probably because Muse or Noel Gallagher are playing one of their raunchier numbers and it may be a case of “get down Shep” or your ears drums will be perforated.
So if your dog’s getting overly excited by the new season of Game of Thrones it’s more likely that it’s because your new TV refresh rate is better than the old telly rather than the prospect of Cersei Lannister walking naked around Westeross, which of course is why half of GoT viewers tune in!
New TV Aerial Installation – for the dogs too!
If you need a new TV aerial installation for your new television, or if you are looking for multiple rooms to watch your new television set up with then you could do a lot worse than to contact us. We are 5-star reviewed and take great pride in our work, to make sure you’re aerial installation, satellite set up, home AV and CCTV are all in the best shape possible!
8 top tips to consider before buying a new TV
Don’t you know that Christmas is round the corner?? I bet an inordinate number of wish lists have TV’s firmly etched on them. So following on from my highly interesting and informative blog “A good time to buy a 4K TV” I thought it prudent to release to the world a checklist of things to consider when buying the said 4K TV or any other TV to that effect. These 8 top tips to choosing a new TV are what I advise my customers on a daily basis but also what I apply to my home TV and audio visual set up. I have factored in these 8 tips to be as honest and as open as possible.
- Choose the right screen size!
Start with the bleedin’ obvious as one can’t fit a square peg in a round hole. Bigger may not always be better too. Always choose a screen size appropriate for the distance you’ll be sitting from it otherwise you may feel engulfed in the film that you’ve decided to watch on a Saturday evening in. Not nice if it’s 50 Shades of Grey.
2. Screen Resolution
This determines the sharpness of the image and vary between 720 pixels (p), 1080p or full HD. Manufacturers are largely moving towards HDTV’s, Ultra HD and 4K which are your best bet for future proofing
This refers to the number of times the screen image is refreshed per second. The rate is measured in hertz (Hz) and you may have come across 60Hz, 120Hz or even 144Hz. The greater the refresh rate the smoother the flow ad there is a reduction in motion blur.
4. HDMI Ports
I’ve recently overlooked the fact that the TV I bought only had 2 HDMI ports. D’oh! Ended up having to introduce a HDMI matrix, at some cost I might add, to increase the HDMI capacity. The more ports the merrier, starting with at least 3. Be aware to ensure that they support HDMI 2.0 to accommodate future Ultra HD sources
Speakers are a must as most TV sound quality is poor but may not necessarily be required in a small room. The siren of wonderful picture quality may draw you on to the rocks where you’ll be metaphorically smashed to smithereens by the dreadful tinny sound coming from the corner of the room. Don’t be frugal, get a sound bar/plinth/speakers etc.
6. Colour Depth
Most recognised manufacturers don’t disappoint in this department. Look out for TV’s that serve up 8 bits per channel (or more). This ensures the TV is able to create enough depth to satisfy the human eye and present a photo-realistic image.
7. Curved or flat TV?
I think that this really is a first world problem. An existential question such as “to be, or not to be”. Personally I think curved TV’s have run their gimmicky course. The theory was that the screen followed the shape of the eye making the curves of the picture look sharper than flat TV’s. But if you’re little Billy shoved to the end of the sofa and away from the optimal seating position the picture geometry/image may look distorted. So flat TV’s it is.
8. Smart TVs
In general, the Smart TVs can connect to the internet and can stream content that way. It comes with certain apps including Netflix, where some connect via Wi-Fi. If you don’t want wires and want a clutter-free life, a smart TV might be the best option.
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Why 4k TVs are a worthwhile (and affordable) purchase
The times they are a changing. Why now is the time to invest in a 4k TV.
The rate of change in Twenty-first Century technology can do most people’s spud in! I think the last time Joe Public could just about keep up was when the 3 field system of crop rotation was introduced in the Middle Ages. Things change so quickly but I hope to answer the question why I think now is the time to invest in a 4k TV for your home.
It’s guaranteed that as soon as you walk out of the shop the new TV you’ve bought will be immediately superceeded with an even newer and shinier one! It’s a cross we all have to bear. However, after spending an inordinate amount of time altruistically researching the subject I can announce to the world that NOW is the time to buy a 4K TV for the following reasons – so carpe diem in your face bitches.
Firstly, and at last, the prices are reasonable. Of course, you can buy the TV equivalent of the Salvator Mundi but I’ve just clicked on the John Lewis website and you can pick up a 40” SMART Ultra HD TV for less than £400. Say what!!! For the short-sighted amongst us a 55” equivalent will knock you back £650, just saying.
Thirdly, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and even YouTube are all offering video streaming in 4K. Costs may vary for the increased spec of the product, but hey you can’t buy a Rolls Royce for the price of a bicycle (see my last blog post!!).
Fourthly, PS4 and Xbox One have 4K capability. The PS4 Pro at around £350 is man enough to play games in 4K with HDR light support. The same is true of the X Box One X model at £450. Lower spec models only support HDR graphics. The X box One S can also power 4K video if you’re looking for a good 4K Blu-Ray player.
The future is now for 4k
Finally, 4K / HDR visuals will be the new default standard. Buying a 4k TV is future proofing yourself so buying a regular HD TV would be a big mistake.
The current state of play in relation to 4K content provided by terrestrial, cable and satellite based TV is that it is limited. The greatest access is through internet based services, but as Del Boy used to say in Only Fools and Horses this time next year we’ll all be millionaires owning 4K TV’s. Didn’t he?
If you need an aerial installation to support your 4k upgrade then contact us! We are the leading aerial installation company in Sheffield and South Yorkshire. We are super proud of our customer reviews collection so please go check them out (see the Google pop up that shows 5 shiny gold stars)!
On a final note, who remembers this from the old analogue days?