Aerial Installation


Death of the small TV.

It’s time to review what we consider a small TV to be. Go back a few years and 32” was the norm and more than adequate for a living room. Something between 40 and 48 inches was a statement – a monolith that commanded attention. Anything bigger was an expensive extravagance.

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According to the Which consumer magazine, only around 6% of the televisions produced in 2018 by the big 4 (Samsung, Sony, LG and Panasonic) were 32”. They just don’t seem to want to produce them anymore!

In my experience, the few that are made are generally poor with the brands putting their time and resources in to larger sets that can fully demonstrate the extra detail and crispness of 4K content. 32” TVs have been relegated from the living room focal point to glorified bedroom night light and there’s no sign that their fortunes will be reversed.

32 “was ideal when we were watching standard definition. Get too close to an SD channel and you’ll really notice the blocky, blurry nature of the image regardless of the screen size, but the problem is less pronounced on smaller TVs if you’re sitting the recommended distance from them.

Now that many channels are HD, and with 4K content becoming more widely available through streaming and UHD Blu-rays, those 32” TVs that hid the drawbacks of standard definition are hiding the benefits of HD and 4K. Another contributor to the disappearance of 32” TVs is price. Big TVs got cheap and suddenly anyone looking for a bargain wasn’t automatically priced out of something approaching 50 inches.

49” TVs can be bought for as little as £350, and it’s not just supermarket own-brands delivering these low prices. LG and Samsung are releasing low-cost sets that don’t sacrifice screen size.

Bigger screens, smaller TVs

As screens have got bigger, the plastic and metal cases surrounding them have got smaller. As a result, the seemingly enormous TVs dominating showrooms aren’t as big as you might think.

Despite having a screen that’s 17 inches bigger, the Samsung QE49Q7F, released in 2018, is only 12 inches wider than the 32-inch Samsung UE32J4000 released in 2016.

Not having a colossal black or chrome frame surrounding the screen has the added benefit of making newer TVs less conspicuous. Stands too have become more stylish and understated. Also, modern TVs are thinner, making them easier to mount on a wall, which means you won’t need a big media unit to stand them on.

If you really can’t bear the thought of a TV approaching or exceeding 50 inches, then there’s always TVs such as the Samsung Frame. Designed to be wall-mounted, this TV mimics a work of art when it isn’t on. It can access collections from galleries around the world or you can just display your own family photos. Some of LG’s TVs do the same thing.

Sound quality is where small TVs really struggle. Good sound should wrap around you like a thick winter coat, but the audio on most small TVs is more like an anorak you get before you go on a log flume ride! Where all-round quality of the TV experience improves is when the screen size increases to 43”. If 32” is as big as you’re willing to go the head towards my previous blog on finding the best buy sound bar or sound base that will sort out that audio issue.

For more sound options to support your TV, check out the article for our buyers guide to soundbars and soundbases.

Further Reading.

The best TVs of 2018 – in our opinion!

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We provide homeowners with the best opportunity to enjoy their television experience with a range of digital services. We are Sheffield’s leading installation company for aerial installation and satellite installation along with a host of supporting services. Feel free to contact us for more info or a chat about your TV!


Buyers guide to soundbars & soundbases

Why should you consider adding a soundbar or soundbase to your TV set up?

Slimline TV’s can have a superb picture but below par sound as space for in built speakers is limited. I should know having recently bought a SONY TV only to endure the listening experience of having a length of string between two old baked beans cans. A soundbar/base boosts TV audio and is compact also a TV can sit on a base. To ease my woes and tinnitus I researched in to the world of affordable alternatives to something Alexander Graham Bell would definitely not recognise.the best soundbar

Soundbars
Model Price (£) TV connections Bluetooth

for music playback

Subwoofer type Buy

Don’t Buy

Samsung HW N850 849 O, H Y WSub Buy
Sonos Playbar 699 O Y Buy
Samsung HW J250 160 A,O Y
LG K5 239 A, H, O Y WSub
LG SJ7 449 Y WSub Don’t Buy
Soundbases
Canton DM55 249 C,O Y Buy
Canton DM60 299 C,O Y Buy
Canton DM100 529 A, C, O Y Buy
Canton DM75 400 C,O Buy
Q Acoustics M2 225 A,H,O Y

 

  • A – Auxiliary 3.5mm
  • C – Coaxial digital
  • H – HDMI
  • O – Optical
  • WSub – Wired sub woofer

 

Soundbars
Model Overall review
Samsung HW N850 Outstanding sound quality using Dolby Atmos
Sonos Playbar Dynamic sound
Samsung HW J250 Simple to use and unobtrusive
LG K5 Great for films
LG SJ7 Clever 3 piece sound bar but sound disappoints
Soundbases
Canton DM55 Powerful sound and good dynamic range
Canton DM60 Excellent virtual surround sound and clear speech
Canton DM100 Sounds great and is easy to use
Canton DM75 Big powerful clear sound with a wide frequency range
Q Acoustics M2 Good value compact model with warm sound and clear speech

 

Best model versus Best Value
The Sonos playbar soundbar offers great sound but is at the top of the price range whilst the Samsung HW J250 is among the cheapest but still presents a big sound for a great price.

Further reading.

We wrote a handy article at the back end of 2018 reviewing our best TV for home use. Why not compliment your viewing pleasure with brilliant sound too!

The best TVs of 2018 – in our opinion!

 

AB Aerials – the leading provider of aerial installation and AV solutions in the Sheffield region!

We are the region’s leading provider of aerial installation, satellite and TV installation along with improved home connectivity to help you enjoy your home entertainment and digital services to the best of their potential.

We have some helpful resources to improve your current set up over on our home page but please do check out our services and contact us for an informal chat about how we can help you!


How To Improve WiFi Signal Across Your Home

Is poor WiFi signal around your home causing issues? Here’s how you can improve WiFi signal across your home!

You know how it is. Either the Wi-Fi signal reaches every room but to the one you really want it in or the kids and their mates are at home all connected and the signal on your phone disappears in to the abyss. Fear not.  There is an answer to these woes.

AB Aerials have recently introduced a range of Access Points (AP) that creates a wireless local area network (WLAN) either to a “dead spot” or around the house and even in to the garden and beyond!! For example, if you want to enable Wi-Fi access in your recently converted cellar but don’t have a router within range, you can install an access point in the cellar and run an Ethernet cable back to the router. A bespoke WLAN can be set up to be run independently from your existing Wi-Fi or in conjunction with it.

 

What’s the difference between a Wi-Fi extender and an AP I hear you ask? As its name implies, a range extender lengthens the reach of an existing Wi-Fi network. Since range extenders connect wirelessly to Wi-Fi routers, they must be placed where the Wi-Fi router’s signal is already strong, not in the location of the actual dead spot.

There are significant advantages of installing an AP. When you have swarms of family and friends all visiting at once connecting with tablets and mobile phones.  Twenty devices on a wireless network adds up quickly. At 60 simultaneous connections each, access points give you the freedom to scale the number of devices supported on your network. But that’s only one of the advantages of using these network enhancers—consider these points:

  1. Business-grade access points can be installed anywhere you can run an Ethernet cable. Models that AB Aerials employ are also compatible with Power over Ethernet Plus, or PoE+ (a combination Ethernet and power cord), so there is no need to run a separate power line or install an outlet near the access point.
  2. Additional standard features include Captive Portal and Access Control List (ACL) support, so you can limit guest access without compromising network security, as well as easily manage users within your Wi-Fi network.
  3. Select access points include a Clustering feature—a single point from which the IT administrator can view, deploy, configure, and secure a Wi-Fi network as a single entity rather than a series of separate access point configurations.

Which products can help with improved WiFi signal?

There are a range of products and functionalities that can be tailored to suit customer requirements.  AP’s can be categorised in to three main products

  1. In wall access points; these provide a separate WLAN or combined WLAN and data access point improve wifi signal
  2. Ceiling access points – which provide Wi-Fi (flooding) throughout the property .      how to get better wifi signal
  3. Bridges  – which can provide Wi-Fi from building to building both point to point and point to multi point 

Technology is reaching a point where decent Wi-fi signals can be had in every room of the house as long as the ethernet cable run from the router to the AP is do-able. Multiple devices can be added to the network without loss of signal/drop out to individual rooms or the whole property or even the man shed at the bottom of the garden.

Further Reading & Resources

Ab Aerials are the leading home connectivity experts based in Sheffield. Our vast experience and reputation will leave you enjoying your home entertainment, connectivity and WiFi in no time!

For an informal chat about your requirements please do contact us or check out the blog for more resources!


how to terminate a coaxial cable
Here in AB Aerials world, we’re always trying to find ways for our customers to save a few quid as well as protect them from some of the rogues that lurk in nooks and crannies that are hungry to exploit unwitting folk!!

With this in mind, I want to push Mr and Mrs Customer of AB Aerials slightly out of their comfort zone because a common nuisance I hear is that “I’m not savvy with technology” or “I’ll leave it for the grandkids to sort out as they know how to do it”. This mindset leaves them wide open to vulnerability and to be taken advantage.

What’s that saying? Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Well AB Aerials is here to provide the rod and tackle!!

A common issue of loss of signal is that the plug at the end of the aerial/satellite cable has come away and the connection has been interrupted. It’s a very simple procedure to rectify and not one to be afraid.

 

The diagram below shows the various stages of stripping a cable and the two most common types of plugs that can be fitted at the end of the pre-terminated cable. The only tools you need are a Stanley Knife and a pair of cutters!

how to terminate a coaxial cable

How to terminate a coaxial cable and improve your signal issues.

The process is as follows and should take about 30 seconds

1.     Cut the cable to length –mind you fingers

2.     Strip the outer casing to a length of about 2.5 cms (an inch) to reveal a braided mesh and a metallic foil/shield which help to protect the cable from electromagnetic interference (EMI) – mind your fingers

3.     Remove the foil and push the braiding down to the start of the outer casing. A white /clear insulation layer can be seen – mind your fingers

4.     Strip the insulating layer to reveal about 1.5cms of the copper conductor – mind your fingers

5.     Screw either the coax pug or F connector on the end of the cable ensuring that none of the braiding touches the copper element.

If this can be mastered there’s the saving of not having to pay for a call out, negating the chances of being “ripped off” and having the deep, deep satisfaction of knowing that you’ve done something for yourself. Anyway, if it all goes belly up call me and be safe in the knowledge you’ll get the job done properly at a reasonable cost!!

For more troubleshooting, how to, buyers advice and more useful info about your aerial, satellite and CCTV solutions, be sure to check out our blog!


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A time for reflections and plans for a happy 2019…

As a small business owner, I am constantly evaluating turnover, expenditure, potential savings, market growth etc. In other words how much money I can make. And why not? Money buys the creature comforts we take for granted but it can have an overwhelmingly negative influence on our behaviour and sometimes blinds us to what is really important in life and take precedence over compassion, empathy and altruism in business.

So now that the festive period is upon us it has prompted me to take stock and reflect on the work I have carried out for charities and businesses over the years that prioritise the above values over profit. It’s not all about the money. Like a lot of people as an individual I make monthly donations to various charities, plonk some spare change in the charity pot next to the till and buy the Big Issue from a vender as I walk ironically in to John Lewis. But my impact as an individual is negligible particularly when compared to three organisations I want to highlight in this piece which have used AB Aerials for the services we provide and have had a tangible influence on the lives of people far less fortunate than myself.

At the end of the blog, I have included links whereby people can make donations to each of the bodies I will mention below.

The first organisation I would like to bring to the attention of the blogging world is Choice Housing Limited. Choice Housing Limited which is an independent housing association and a Not-For-Profit Organisation that was set up in 2004 by Robert Mellors.  They are based in North Nottinghamshire, but have properties in various locations around the country, with the majority in Sheffield and Worksop and offer a range of self-contained family homes and supported shared accommodation for single people. In addition to letting properties, Choice Housing Ltd also offers support to its residents in the areas of welfare benefits, debt management, employment, health, and housing.  This support is offered to all residents free of charge, regardless of their income.

 

I first met Robert in 2014 in a not so salubrious are of Sheffield to carry out a fairly big domestic aerial and satellite job. I initially internally queried why anybody would want to take on such a thank less task, in my naive eyes, having to deal with the general maintenance and upkeep of such properties and deal with the issues of tenants on low income or on benefits. It wasn’t until earlier this year I found out why Robert established such a business. He had been homeless for a period of time a number of years ago and had been through similar experiences which genuinely shocked me as I would have never have guessed it as he appeared to be a well rounded, intelligent and articulate man running several successful businesses. Eventually, he had managed to overcome his demons and dedicated himself to improving lives and helping others who were down on their luck for whatever reason.

This was an epiphany for me and I was truly humbled by and Robert’s history and his continuing efforts.

The second organisation I have had dealings with ever since the first inception of AB Aerials is a charity called Roundabout based in Sheffield and is a local youth housing charity, providing shelter, support and life skills to young people. They provide emergency accommodation for homeless young people and support young people to live independently in secure bedsits and in shared housing throughout the city. Roundabout also offers young people a comprehensive programme of training and involvement which breaks the cycle of homelessness and develops long-term independent living skills.

When carrying out the work they send through I often come in to contact with the young people they deal with (aged between 16 and 25) who are more or less the same age as my kids but come from totally different backgrounds and have been presented with fewer opportunities and certainly seen less love. Roundabout offers assistance, advice and all manner of support something that they probably have never been previously exposed and give a vulnerable section of society a “leg up” and a chance to improve their lives.

I have a great respect and rapport with the staff at Roundabout and they in turn have kindly contributed to video testimonials in relation to the work I have done for them which can be found on the AB Aerials website (www.ab-aerials.co.uk).

The third and final organisation I have worked with since 2015 is a charity called Ashaiana who work with Black, Asian and refugee adults and children dealing with forced marriages, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, gang violence and honour based violence.

I suppose I have led a relatively sheltered life and never been exposed to the issues mentioned above but as a fully paid up member of the human race I can’t help be struck by the inhumanity that has led to the establishment of such a charity. What further shame there is for me as a man is that the crimes perpetrated are by men and that women need protecting from them and their distorted agendas. I have had to fit CCTV systems and microphones on hostels and supported accommodation for the gathering of evidence to prosecute men who have tried to gain access to cause physical or mental harm to women and children. How sad in one way but how good it is that Ashiana exist to take care and protect and house these often scared women and children

Next steps for supporting local charitable causes…

If you would lie to make a donation to any or all of the above organisations please do so from the following links

1.     Choice Housing Limited – http://choicehousingltd.org/choice-activities/4588647145

2.     Roundabout – http://www.roundabouthomeless.org/donate

3.     Ashiana – http://www.roundabouthomeless.org

AB Aerials wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Safe and Peaceful New Year


How to out smart the shops! When is the best time to buy a TV?

How to outsmart the shops – when is the best time buy a TV

Fancy a shiny new screen in time for all that Christmas telly? There’s probably not a better time price wise to grab yourself a new TV than in the run up to the festive season. If you’re in the market for a new TV the good news is that they are one of the more predictably priced products.

Most TV’s are launched between April and June and tend to reach their lowest price 8 months afterwards, which conveniently fits in to Black Friday and Christmas sales.  Prices can drop rapidly and significantly.  Take the LG43UJ630V. Its price varied between £549 and £319 across the year at Amazon alone.  At Currys PC World it dropped from a maximum of £629 to £328. The biggest drops were throughout the summer, so you might want to avoid buying a newly launched model at this time.

The four major TV brands LG, Samsung, SONY and Panasonic, usually refresh their TV line ups each year, primarily launching new models each spring.  These TV’s usually carry their highest price at launch, but as time goes by that price will drop. Once you get around to November the price will start to level out. The figures are likely to fluctuate in the months that follow, depending on specific promotions, but will typically be considerably lower than the launch price until that TV reaches the end of its life – usually in the spring or early summer, and the process starts again.

The bottom line is that if you’re looking to buy a TV don’t buy one too close to its market launch.  Wait until Black Friday and onwards – but don’t panic buy.  Prices are likely to stay as low as this in to the New Year and beyond.

 

For additional information on when to buy TV’s and the best TV’s to buy check out my earlier blog “Best TV’s of 2018”.

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Our 2018 best TVs of the year – a buying guide!

Looking to improve your viewing pleasure at home? We have seen a lot of options over the past year. Our best TVs of 2018 are here!

It’s that time of year when Christmas creeps up at a slow but inevitable pace and thoughts turn to presents, mince pies and arguments over what to watch on the telly. Family harmony is paramount so with an eye on keeping the teenagers occupied with Netflix on a large screen upstairs and Dad happy with Boxing day footy, AB Aerials are happy to help with an offering of the best  TVs from this year. But before we get stuck in to the smorgasbord of electronics delights it’s worth noting that you can save a few quid by trawling the depths of Gumtree, Amazon and the like for 2017 models where huge savings can be made.

For instance, the LG OLED55B7V was selling at a wallet withering £3,000 when new but 12 months later could be picked up at £1,299.  Same with the Panasonic TX-55EZ952B which slapped the new buyer in the face at £3,499 but dropped to £1,499 this year. You have to get in quick though.  Just like the Mission Impossible tape they will metaphorically self-destruct after a year never to be seen again.  Bye, bye.

2018 options for brilliant telly

Back to the future. According to WHICH? Consumer magazine, LG, Samsung, and SONY have sped out of the blocks producing the popular and value for money products whilst Panasonic have been slow to respond. But was has become apparent is that large TV’s are more common than ever and that smaller screen i.e. 43” and less are being sent to the big TV recycling plant in the sky. So if you’re thinking of incorporating a petite TV into that fitted wardrobe you’re planning I’d think again unless your bedroom is one of the larger ones in the Palais de Versailles.

New features for 2018 are voice commands which will replace remote controls but this won’t happen any time soon but like death, the change will inevitably come and having worm your way under the couch and fish the hand set out from a mountain of dog hair will be a thing of the past.  Having to actually type using on-screen keyboards will be a footnote of TV history and some TV’s can act as SMART Hubs so that control of the lighting, heating etc can be done from the TV (see reviews at which.co.uk/TVs). High dynamic range (HDR) standards have improved from one HDR format (HDR10) to four others so the imagery could look better but the HDR technology can’t change a bad TV in to a good one.

On to the reviews.  A selection has been made taken from the Which? Tests carried out this month (September 2018)

Size (inches) Model Pros Cons Price (£)
32 LG32LK6100PLB Great HD SD images Feeble sound 349
43 LG43UK6950PLB Sharp video Full sound Menu slow 499
43 LG43UK6300PLB Detailed pictures Balanced sound Poor remote control 379
43 LG436500PLA Sharp detailed picture Menu slow 499
49 LG49K8500KLA star buy Great sound and visual detail Colours too rich 999
49 Samsung UE49NU8000 Crisp picture voice search features Unbalanced sound 849
49 KG49UK7550PLA Excellent sound and remote Colours are cold 749
55 LGOLED55C8PLA star buy Stunning sound and detail Menus too long to load 2499
55 SonyKD55AF8BU star buy Superb sound and deep detailed blacks Busy remote 2399
55 SamsungQE55Q7FN star buy Great sound vivid picture Fiddly remote 1799
55 SamsunGUE55NU8500 star buy Vibrant screen nice sound Awkward remote 1249
65 LG65SK8500PLA star buy Glorious sound detailed picture fantastic remote Colours lean towards yellow 1999
65 SamsungQE65Q9FN Excellent contrast and colours Unintuitive remote 2499
65 SamsungUE65NU8000 star buy Natural sound sharp picture Colours too warm 1499

The best performing TV ‘start from £999 and the “go-to” recommendation is the LGOLED55C8PLA for its great pictures and sound quality and two tuners (terrestrial and satellite) mean that 100’s of free channels can be accessed with an easy to use remote control.  AB Aerials can’t find a single reason not to recommend this TV.

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TV Wall Mounting service in Sheffield provided by AB Aerials

once you have sourced your awesome new TV, you may wish to consider wall mounting the amazing piece of kit to improve your viewing pleasure. AB Aerials offer this service and are able to provide a quick quote with 5-star rated service. Check out the TV Wall Mounting page or contact us for a quick quote!

Aerial & Satellite installation in Sheffield

We are the region’s best installation team for TV aerials and satellites, providing peace of mind and a massive improvement to your viewing pleasure and home entertainment experience.

Don’t just take our word for it – check out this great article showcasing some of our fantastic customers who were kind enough to welcome us back to their home to offer their feedback on the AB Aerials service and quality!

Be sure to check out our range of services and contact us for a no quibble conversation about your requirement.

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the best aerial, satellite and CCTV installer in Sheffield

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.

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Contact us today to see how we can help you get more enjoyment from your property!


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Getting value for money from your aerial, satellite and CCTV installation

A helpful guide before choosing your installation

affordable aerial installationAs 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…

aerial installation with leading customer serviceSo what do you get for your money when you work with AB Aerials?

  • 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

Which Trusted Trader Should I Go For?

Don’t Pay For A Bicycle And Expect A Rolls Royce! Getting Value For Money From New Aerial Installation

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 - the good, the bad, and the ugly

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

Which Trusted Trader Should I Go For?

Customer 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:

  1. Verification that the problem actually exists

  2. Isolating the cause of the problem

  3. Correcting the cause of the problem

  4. Verifying the problem has been corrected and

  5. Follow up

    meeting

    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.