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Last updated on March 7th, 2024

How much does TV aerial installation cost?

Enhance your TV experience with our TV aerial installation cost guide. With handy information and costs to help you access more channels and clearer pictures.

Fast Facts

  • The average TV aerial installation cost is around £250
  • There are many different types of TV aerial, each with its own cost and benefits
  • It’s more expensive to install a TV aerial from scratch than to replace an existing one

Tired of watching the same old channels? Frustrated by the picture quality on your TV? Investing in a TV aerial is a great way to access more channels and upgrade your TV-watching experience.

Here, we’ll break down the typical TV aerial installation cost, along with some handy tips. Plus, we’ll take a look at the average satellite installation cost in the UK so that you can confidently choose between the two.

How much does TV aerial installation cost?

The cost of TV aerial installation is around £150 for materials, plus £100 for labour.

Altogether, this means you can expect to spend roughly £250 on installing your TV aerial.

Key areasCost + VAT
(Range low - high)
Average cost
TV aerial, pole and bracket£150
Labour£50 - £150£100
Outdoor aerial system£200 - £300£250
In-loft aerial system£90 -£150£120
Self-fit indoor aerial system (budget)£60
Additional TV socket£70 - £150£110
Replacing existing aerial£50 (materials),
£75 (labour)
£125
Satellite dish installation - before VAT£150 - £200£175
Humax Freesat box to receive satellite signal£145

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

That said, your exact cost will vary based on a number of factors, from the type of aerial you choose to the strength of signal in your area.

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What do the different types of TV aerials cost?

There are three main groups of aerials in the UK:

  • Outdoor aerials are installed on your rooftop
  • Loft aerials are installed in your loft
  • Indoor aerials are kept next to your TV

The type of aerial you choose won’t just affect the quality of TV you get. It will also impact how long your aerial takes to install and how much your TV aerial costs.

TV Aerial TypeAverage durationAverage material costAverage labour cost
Outdoor TV aerial2-4 hours£150£100
In-loft TV aerial1-2 hours£60£60
Aerial socket1-2 hours£50£60
Satellite3-4 hours£200£100

Cost for outdoor TV aerial installation

Outdoor aerials are the best for reliability and good signal. For this reason, they’re more expensive than their in-loft counterparts.

The average outdoor TV aerial installation cost is £250.

However, your total cost will also depend on the type of outdoor aerial you opt for.

Yagi aerials are the most common. They have a long rod called a boom, that has smaller ‘elements’ coming off it to pick up radio waves. Yagi aerials offer great signal range and typically cost around £40 - £50 (without labour).

On the other hand, a high-gain TV aerial tends to be longer and has extra elements attached to the boom. These aerials deliver even more signal so they’re ideal for areas that struggle with TV signal. They generally cost somewhere around £30 - £40.

Loft aerial installation cost

Loft aerials are easier to fit than outdoor aerials as they don’t involve scaling your roof.

They’re also noticeably cheaper to install, at around £90 -£150.

However, their signal isn’t as good due to the interference of the roof and walls. This means they’re only really reliable if you live in an area with relatively strong signal.

As they’re tucked away out of sight, they can also be a good option if you don’t like the appearance of standard outdoor aerials, or there’s no suitable place outside to locate an aerial.

Indoor TV aerial cost

Indoor aerials are generally less effective than outdoor aerials due to their location.

That said, they can be a valid option if you live in a built-up, urban area with strong signal – or if you don’t have permission to use the roof of your home.

Indoor aerials typically come as kits that are easy for you to install yourself. You’re looking at around £60 for a budget self-fit indoor aerial (materials only).

TV aerial socket installation cost

An aerial socket lets you connect your TV to your aerial so that you can watch cable TV.

If you want to have access to a TV in several rooms, you may need to install extra TV sockets in your home, which will come with extra costs.

The average TV aerial socket installation cost is £110.

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Factors affecting your TV aerial installation price

There are lots of different things that can affect your total TV aerial installation price. Here are the main ones.

1. Cables

If your current cables are not of good quality, or are not suitable for use with your new aerial, you will need to pay for new cables.

2. Lenth of pole

Each aerial will need a different type of pole so you may need to buy a new one.

3. Type of aerial

As every aerial is designed for a specific purpose, the price of each will vary.

4. Strength of signal in your area

If the signal in your area is poor, you may need a higher quality or more expensive aerial.

5. TV provider

Depending on your TV provider, you may need to choose a specific type of aerial. This could increase your cost.

6. Number of TV points

If you have many TV points in your home, the cost of your aerial could be higher. Adding new TV points will also come with extra costs.

7. Accessibility

If your aerial is installed in a spot that’s hard to reach, like your roof, this could lead to longer installation times and higher labour costs.

Outdoor tv aerial installation cost guide

8. Quality of the aerial

The higher the quality of aerial you need, the higher the overall price is likely to be.

9. Your location

Labour costs vary widely across different areas of the UK. In particular, they tend to be higher in the south than in the north. Look for TV aerial fitters near you to get an accurate price for the work.

10. Replacement vs new installation

Replacing an existing aerial will usually cost less than installing a new one from scratch.

TV aerial installation quotes

We always recommend getting at least three quotes from experienced TV aerial fitters near you.

This will allow you to budget accordingly. It will also ensure you’re getting a fair and competitive price for the work.

To get started finding reliable TV aerial fitters in your area, just enter your postcode below.

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Replacing an existing aerial vs installing a new aerial

In certain situations, you may be replacing an existing aerial rather than installing a new one from scratch.

For instance, perhaps your old aerial isn’t performing properly. Or perhaps you want to upgrade to a better-quality aerial.

Either way, a replacement will generally be more affordable than installing a new aerial from scratch.

Cost to replace an existing aerial

The cost to remove and replace an existing aerial is around £125.

This cost is made up of around £50 for the materials, and £75 for labour.

As you can imagine, replacing an existing aerial requires fewer materials and less labour than installing an aerial from scratch.

Cost for new TV aerial installation

To install a new TV aerial from scratch, you’re looking at a total cost of around £250.

This includes around £150 for materials and £100 for labour.

As you can see, these costs are significantly higher than if you were replacing an existing aerial. However, remember that if you ever need to replace your aerial in the future, you’ll be looking at lower costs as much of the work will have been done.

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How much do TV aerial repairs cost?

Wondering whether it’s worth getting your TV aerial repaired?

Lots of issues that you may experience with your TV aerial can be repaired. For instance, if you’re looking at pixelated pictures on your TV or the signal keeps disappearing, a repair could solve the problem.

However, if you’re having major issues with your aerial, it may be more economical to replace it with a new, up-to-date aerial instead.

TV aerial repairs typically cost in the region of .

With that in mind, easier repairs could be worth it, particularly if your aerial is relatively new and in good condition. But any bigger repairs are probably not worth paying for. Remember, the cost of replacing your aerial with a newer model is just £125, which isn’t much different!

With that in mind, if your aerial isn’t functioning how it should, now could be a good time to consider whether a replacement is on the cards.

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How much does satellite installation cost?

Hoping to access Sky TV, Freesat, Soarsat, or foreign TV systems? Then you might want to invest in a satellite dish instead of – or as well as – a TV aerial.

A satellite dish can give you access to even more high-definition channels than a TV aerial. And it’ll give you an even better-quality viewing experience.

Another benefit is that a satellite dish can be placed almost anywhere on your roof, whereas an aerial has to be positioned in the perfect spot in order to get full reception.

That said, installing a satellite system is usually a bit more expensive than installing a TV aerial, since nearly all TVs sold in the UK don’t have a satellite dish connection. This means you’ll probably need to pay for a satellite receiver as well as the dish itself – this is what decodes and demodulates the signal so you can watch your favourite shows.

Once you factor in both the satellite dish installation price and the cost of a satellite receiver, you’re looking at a total cost of around £300.

What does Freesat installation cost?

Freesat is the satellite equivalent of Freeview. It’s a free service provided by the BBC and ITV, which offers even more channels than what’s available on Freeview.

To access Freesat, you’ll need a satellite dish. Most are compatible with Freesat so if you already have a dish, you may be able to keep it. Alternatively, talk to a satellite dish installer near you to get a dish capable of receiving Freesat.

You’ll also need a Freesat TV box or a Freesat-enabled TV to connect your satellite to.

You can expect to pay roughly £175 for satellite dish installation (excluding VAT). Meanwhile, a Humax Freesat box will typically cost around £145.

Consider investing in the TV setup service at home as well, so that everything is ready to go.

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Can you install a TV aerial yourself?

Whether or not you can install a TV aerial yourself will depend on your level of skill and the type of aerial you’re hoping to install.

If you’re looking to get a budget indoor aerial, you should be able to install it yourself. After all, these typically come as kits designed for self-assembly.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to install an outdoor aerial, we’d strongly recommend hiring a professional.

Installing this kind of aerial will involve scaling your roof, which you shouldn’t attempt without the right safety training and equipment.

Plus, you’ll need to make sure you’re choosing the right aerial for your needs and location, and it can be difficult to set up your aerial correctly.

If you don’t properly fit and position your aerial, the signal may be less clear and your aerial could even fall off your roof. This could end up injuring someone in the vicinity or damaging your property.

Ultimately, hiring a professional is the best way to make sure your aerial is installed safely and to a high standard.

How much does TV aerial installation cost near me?

Calculating your TV aerial installation cost can be tricky as labour costs vary up and down the country.

For instance, prices are notoriously high in London. Meanwhile, costs in the north of the UK tend to be lower than in the south.

With that in mind, the best way to find out how much TV aerial installation costs near you is to get bespoke quotes from local tradespeople.

Head over to our dedicated guide to learn all there is to know about hiring TV aerial fitters near you. Or, type your postcode into the box below to start your search.

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FAQs

Is it worth getting a new TV aerial?

Yes! These days we watch more TV than ever before, so it makes sense to improve the quality of the picture you’re watching.

Getting a TV aerial will allow you to connect to more channels and services, and improve your TV experience. A high-quality aerial can even help prevent blackouts when watching TV.

How much does it cost to get an aerial fitted?

The labour cost of getting an aerial fitted is on average between £50 - £150.

That said, your exact cost will depend on lots of different factors. These include things like where in the UK you’re based, the position of your TV aerial, the type of aerial you choose and whether you need new cables.

How much does digital TV aerial installation cost?

In the UK, analogue terrestrial TV was replaced by digital terrestrial TV in the period between 2007 and 2012. This was known as the digital switchover, or the analogue switch-off.

However, there’s really no such thing as an analogue or digital aerial. Rather, both old and new aerials should be able to receive most – if not all – digital TV channels. The only real difference is that ‘digital’ aerials have built-in filters to lower noise and improve picture quality.

So, you’re looking at the cost of installing a standard aerial – around £90 -£150 for an in-loft aerial or £200 - £300 for an outdoor aerial.

How much does Freeview aerial installation cost?

When it comes to accessing Freeview, standard aerials work perfectly, so long as you have a built-in Freeview tuner. Freeview recommends using a wideband aerial for the best results.

With that in mind, you can expect to pay the same as standard aerial installation – around £250 for a rooftop system.

How long does it take to fit a TV aerial?

The average time to install a TV aerial ranges from 1 to 4 hours. The longer the installation time, the higher your costs will usually be.

A local TV aerial fitter will be able to give you a rough idea of how long the job should take. Just enter your postcode below to get started.

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