Understanding the Latest Television Terms
Are you looking to purchase the latest television set? You did your research and now the information overload has probably made your head spin. Those hundreds of tech terms are hard to get your head around; this handy guide will help you navigate the big bad labyrinth of high-tech jargon.
Like any sensible modern tech buyer you want to make sure you buy the best television. You diligently checked the reviews, product descriptions, numerous guides and blogs and eventually got lost in the marketing buzzwords, industry jargon and technical terms. This is very common; we know that the latest gadgets are marvels of complicated engineering. You do not need a degree in electronics to make the right decision, just a little common sense and the right guide to the terms.
Thankfully the technical terms used by the manufacturers in the consumer electronics industry have been standardized. The terms used to describe image quality, type of connections, cables, how the image is created, sound quality, etc. are the same across the world. Just remember the terms and you will understand the reviews. Hopefully you will be able to get the best television for yourself once you have clarified the terms.
- LED TV
A variant of LCD’s, LED’s are simply LCD screens with backlit-displays. These have better picture quality than LCD’s.
- LCD TV
LCD stands for liquid crystal display, these devices display images by changing the light patterns to liquid crystals.
- Plasma TV
Glass screen displays, these are better than LCD’s or LED’s. The display is created using ionized gases, hence the name plasma.
- 3D TV
There are two types of 3D TVs, active and passive, both provide convincing 3D effects. Active 3D TVs use glasses that are battery-powered and have lenses that open and close according to the signals from the display. Passive 3D TVs use simple polarizing lenses, such as those seen in movie theaters. The active ones have glasses that are cumbersome; however newer models are coming with lighter, more comfortable glasses.
- Smart TV
These are TVs that let you surf the web, install apps and stream web content directly to the TV.
- OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode)
Similar to LED, but the substance used for display is organic. OLEDs address the high power consumption issues of the LEDs. Combines the qualities of plasma and LCD.
- HD, UHD, SUHD
An HD TV simply means that the display is sharper and clearer than standard definition TVs. Available resolution is 720p, 1080i, 1080p. The higher the resolution, the more detailed the picture. UHDs have a resolution of 3,840 by 2,160, and now newer SUHD (Super UHD) are also being introduced by Samsung that don’t have higher resolutions but pack in other features that vastly improve the picture quality.
- 1080i and 1080p
1080i and 1080p implies a screen resolution of 1920×1080. The “i” stands for interlaced (image is rendered frame by frame) whereas “p” stands for “progressive” (whole frame is rendered at once)
- Aspect Ratio
It is proportional ratio between the width and the height.
- Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
An on-screen guide, shows channels and program schedules. Your satellite provider will display all the available content on the EPG. It is best if you subscribe to a good satellite provider in order to get the maximum benefits from your TV. Check out exclusive offers for new customers for more guidance.
- Refresh Rate (Measured in hertz)
This number shows how many times the screen is “redrawn” per second each second. Higher rates result in smoother motion display.
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a set of rules that governs how devices transmit and receive audio/video information. It applies only to the transmittal of uncompressed digital data. The old standard involved up to eleven different cables, HDMI merged those into one.
- HDMI Cable
An HDMI cable is used to connect different components. This is a single cable that enables viewing of HD video.
- Curved TVs
These displays are slightly curved as opposed to traditional flat screen displays. The curve gives a sense of a larger screen and more immersive experience.
- Flat-panel display
The general term used for LCD, plasma and LED technologies.
We hope this guide helped you make your decision. Being a well-informed consumer can only be an advantage in today’s age. Make you choice wisely, and do not get confused when faced with technical jargon, there is help available from manufacturers and independent sources.