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A Guide to  Advancement of TV Technologies

Updated: December 1, 2016 12:16 pm

With a deluge of acronyms and buzzwords out there, here is how you can get the best deal for your buck when buying a television set. Today, things have changed. There is so much to choose from; it’s all awe when you see the stack of glorious thin flat screens in front of you. There is Full HD, HD Ready, UHD, Quantum Dots, OLED, Curved and so much more. While all of these may sound snazzy, you don’t want to spend all your hard-earned money and then realise you’ve been duped into going for age-old technology when you wanted something cutting-edge. Here is a primer to help you make an informed decision.

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Full HD

This is High Definition. Absolutely, under any circumstances do not fall for that HD Ready stuff. Full HD is the real deal with pixels dimensions like: 1920 in width and 1080 in height. It’s commonly known as 1080p because these televisions have a refresh rate of 60hz. Full HD offers amazing image fidelity for movie buffs who use Blu-Ray technology.

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Ultra HD (UHD)

Here’s where technology moves into the future. UHD and 4K have been creeping up in TV terminology. At the moment, higher density displays like UHD and 4K are expensive to make and as a result out of reach for the lay user. Ultra HD is a slight step up from Full HD but lower than 4K: employing a 3840 width by 2160 height in pixels. UHD sets are still pretty expensive and confusing, especially since Samsung has come out with something called SUHD.

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SmartTV

Want a HDTV and a computer all rolled up in one? Then a SmartTV is the way to go. It was once an expensive affair, but now the lay man can afford a low-cost Android powered SmartTV too. Essentially, these gadgets have processors in them so you can run Netflix, play a bit of Asphalt 4 Airborne, check your Facebook and basically give you an entire media centre in your HDTV.

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4K

If Full HD marked a big step into the future, 4K is that gallop, except it hasn’t quite taken off as fast as high definition. In the last few years, 4K has been always synonymous with expensive. Essentially, 4K is a whopping 4096 width by 2160 height pixels, and the quality will make your jaw drop. The biggest problem though, is that there’s not much content out there that is 4K. Films, cable TV and existing gaming systems all go up to 1080p Full HD.

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Curved Screens

Years ago, sci-fi books featured curved displays and now it’s a reality for us. The best effect comes when you’re sitting dead centre in front of the screen. Anywhere else, things look a bit off. Curved Displays from Samsung and LG are very expensive and come loaded with everything, including the best display tech by default.

by Sanjay k bissoyi

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