Hdtv Buying Guide

By: L Chan

HDTV: Reasons For Getting It

As soon as supporters of HDTV introduced it back in 1998, word spread that people would have a radically new TV viewing experience. With high definition television, you would be watching your favorite TV shows with improved picture quality and hear it through digital surround sound that made you feel as though you were part of the scenes.

HDTV: What Is It?

HDTV surpasses regular analog television technology. With HDTV you'll notice crisper and clearer images that your older analog television can't match. With the older analog technology, the television receives wave signals on the air. The quality of the picture is diminished when these signals are converted to the screen. Signals to LCD HDTV or plasma HDTV are sent digitally, without losing the overall quality of the images received.

HDTV: Function and Benefits

The US is phasing out analog broadcasting and replacing it with digital broadcasting. When the deadline arrives in 2009, your analog TV will not work, unless it has a converter. Right now, your analog TV set will still work so you might be wondering why you would want to have an HDTV right now:

The picture quality of HDTV is better and you can see tiny details even on bigger screens.

HDTV multicasting allows stations to broadcast several programs in one line.

Viewers can participate in shows or movies, which have interactive content, such as games or contests.

HDTV will use the entire screen to display its signal, whereas analog sets use only every other pixel line.

You can expect to see all the brilliant colors and images from channels that broadcast HD.

HDTV Problems

Some HDTV models are quite expensive. It's impossible to get High Definition programming through your older analog television. However, new televisions are built to be able to receive HD signals. If the television you buy doesn't have a built-in tuner, you'll need to look at HDTV antennas or HDTV tuners.

Shopping For An HDTV?

It's best to see HDTV for yourself. By studying HDTV reviews and listening to only good buying advice, you'll soon be enjoying a new way of watching television you've never seen before.

Copyright (c) 2006 by Leroy Chan

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