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The New Face of HDTV
Now is the time to buy an HDTV If there's one thing that's crystal clear about big screen high-definition televisions -- aside from picture quality -- it's that now is finally the right time to invest in one. Not only has fierce competition forced prices to drop considerably, but these HDTV displays look much better than ones available just two or three years ago. Plus there's a lot more HD content to justify the purchase, whether it's "high-def" television shows, movies, video games or camcorder footage.
HDTVs feature many more scan lines (up to 1,080), compared to up to 480 active lines offered in your old "standard definition" set. Another, more accurate way HDTVs are measured is in the number of pixels that make up the image. A widescreen DVD, for example, is displayed at 852 x 480 resolution (measuring 852 pixels across each of 480 horizontal lines from top to bottom), but a high-definition television can offer up to an incredible 1920 x 1080 pixels on the screen. Compared to your box-like TV (4:3 aspect ratio), HDTV screens offer movie theater-like viewing (16:9 aspect ratio) -- giving you more to see.
You already know all this, you say? Well, there are a few other tech phrases and industry jargon, you'll want to know before you buy your next HDTV. Here are a few biggies to consider.
Source:Digital Media Online.
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