HDTV Guide For Non-Geeks
HDTV: Do You Need 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 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.
Analog television sets are functional today, but when digital broadcasting totally takes over in 2009, the only analog sets that will work are the ones that have a converter. Still, HDTV offers numerous benefits that an analog TV can't:
The picture quality of HDTV is better and you can see tiny details even on bigger screens.
More than one signal can be transmitted through the same line using HDTV broadcasting.
The audience can interact with certain programming broadcasted through HDTV.
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.
Although HDTV's are becoming more affordable, they are in general more expensive that regular analog sets. New sets will usually have built-in HDTV tuners. If you don't have a dish or satellite service hooked-up, then you may need to purchase a HDTV antenna if you wish to receive free local HD programming.
HDTV Shopping Advice
If you want to know which HDTV is right for you, you'll need to see it for yourself. HDTV reviews and advice will help you select the system thats right for you, and you'll start to wonder why you didn't purchased an HDTV sooner.
Copyright (c) 2006 by Leroy Chan
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