Best Of Evolving Television Technologies
Television is the triumph of machine over people and ever-changing technologies are making it more sharper day-by-days. Buying a new TV can be a challenge, especially, if you aren’t well versed with the technology. Here are a few of our favourite technologies of the high-definition TV era.
Maybe you’re too young to remember, little whippersnapper, but television didn’t always look this good. Just flip to the standard-definition channel on your cable box and experience what we old coots had to live with for most of our lives. It took a massive amount of time and money, but those beautiful high-resolution images are now ubiquitous. Moreover, it’s easy to see the difference between standard-def and HD resolutions, especially on big screens. The difference between HD and 4K resolutions is much tougher to spot.
Ever since HDTV debuted, first with rear-projection and now with flat-panel technologies such as LCD, screens have gotten bigger—and big screens have gotten cheaper. Most people buying a main TV today can afford a 60- or even 70-inch screen, bringing massive, immersive images into more homes than ever. As we tell people all the time, the best way to spend your money on an HDTV is to get a bigger screen.
Organic light-emitting diodes(OLED) produce the best picture quality among flat-panel displays, hands-down. Too bad they’re so expensive and will likely remain so for the near future.
Remember when HDTVs had component-video inputs? Most still do for some reason, but unless you’re a cable box installer, you’ll probably never use them. HDMI rightfully rules the living room. It handles all standard digital signal types, audio and video, and even Ethernet, in a single dirt-cheap cable.
Effective picture controls
Speaking of controls, flipping a TV into movie mode is often enough to get it to produce a decent picture. Nearly every TV has a relatively accurate preset, and most offer numerous other settings that can allow you to further improve the picture.
Online software updates
Much like game consoles, phones and other modern devices, TVs now have the ability to receive updates via Internet—arguably one of the most important capabilities of a connected TV. Manufacturers can add or update apps, overhaul interfaces or even address select picture quality problems.
One oft-overlooked benefit of modern TVs is their ability to double as computer monitors or, in a pinch, accept the HDMI output from your laptop. In addition to games, they also handle digital photos, streaming movie files from your home network, and can often serve as a jumbo display for your smartphone or tablet.
By Sanjay K Bissoyi