Do Smart TVs Need an Aerial? (Simply Answered)

The TV landscape is changing – and fast. In light of this, many people are beginning to look at the new kid on the block; Smart TVs. In this guide, we’ll be helping you understand if Smart TVs need aerials, and more importantly if you need an aerial connection for your Smart TV.

It depends on what you want to watch on your Smart TV. You can use all Smart TVs without an aerial to stream movies & TV shows, but on the other hand, you will need an aerial if you want to watch live local television channels.

Are aerials still used?

The main Television networks still broadcast shows the traditional way, via aerial alongside some digital broadcasting avenues. So to answer this question, yes, aerials are still used for watching TV.

Smart TVs work with & without an aerial

Almost all Smart TVs will have a place (usually at the back) where you can plugin an aerial – this is because if you want to watch live local channels, you will need to have access to a valid aerial connection.

Don’t be fooled though, it isn’t a necessity like old TVs where you would just get a black and white screen if you didn’t plug in an aerial. Smart TVs can work perfectly fine without connecting an aerial. This is because they connect to the Internet to provide you with the option of watching streaming services like Netflix & YouTube.

With this in mind, you can determine if you will need an aerial for your Smart TV – it just depends on what you want to use it for. It’s also important to note here that you can even watch some live local channels on your Smart TV without an aerial if they broadcast in a digital form as well – this depends on your location.

The best Smart TV apps for when you don’t have an aerial

One of the main stumbling blocks people have with where they want to put their TV is the availability of an aerial connection – don’t worry, I’ve been there too. If you still really want to put your Smart TV where there isn’t an aerial, here are some of the apps I recommend you download on your Smart TV to make sure you can watch as many things as possible.

  • Netflix
  • BBC iPlayer (UK)
  • YouTube
  • HBO (US)
  • Now TV
  • Amazon Prime Video

Watch happy

The perfect viewing experience is a tricky one, but I’m sure you’ll get there. If you enjoyed this guide, leave a comment or give it a like – I hope you found your answer here on Happy viewing!