High-Definition viewing is no longer the future of television technology, it’s the present. With a HD ready television (or HD television) you can experience television, movies and games like never before, in breathtaking detail and truly stunning colour; you’ll see the programs you love how they were meant to be seen. Although the majority of digital programmes at the minute are only broadcast in the standard resolution, HD programmes are constantly on the increase and soon they’ll be the norm, so you’ll need a HD ready television (or HD television) to keep up.
If you want to take advantage of high-definition television then you’ll need a HD television. At the minute these come in three forms: LCD Television, LED Television, and Plasma Television. On the outside these televisions appear very similar and they essentially do the same job, the difference is the technology they employ to do that job. If you’re not an engineer or a rocket scientist then that technology isn’t going to mean much to you, what you need to know is the difference you’ll see when you put them to use.
The deciding factor in choosing either an LCD television or Plasma television is size; if you’re looking for a Television that’s 32” or under then you’ll get the best performance from an LCD television, any bigger than that and you want a Plasma television. There are other slight differences, such as Plasma televisions giving a deeper black, and LCD television being slightly cheaper, but the main concern is size. Join the HD television revolution and check out our wide range of LCD HD televisions, and our wide range of Plasma HD televisions.
One new innovation within the LCD television range is LED backlighting, which sounds complex but it really isn’t. Basically, the screen on an LCD television is lit from behind so you can actually see the picture, and this is done in a range of different ways depending on the television. With an LED backlit television though the screen is lit by a panel of small bright lights and this gives your HD television a wider viewing angle, impressive brightness and a far deeper black. If you want to be at the forefront of LCD technology, experiencing the best pictures possible then an LED television is ideal. Because this is a new innovation not all of our LCD televisions come with it, but to have a look at which ones do check out the website.
These two terms are often used interchangeably in regard to televisions, but there’s an important, if basic, distinction to be made between the two. HD televisions contain an HD tuner, allowing you to receive an HD signal and display HD content without a middle-man, which in this case would be an HD box or something similar. HD Ready televisions, on the other hand, contain everything necessary to display high definition television except for the HD tuner, so you’ll need an HD box from your service provider to receive the HD signal. For example, some new televisions come with integrated Freesat tuners, meaning they can receive HD pictures straight out of the box; they are HD televisions rather than HD Ready televisions.
There’s variation within the HD signal, but getting to grips with it isn’t as complex as you might think. There are 3 basic resolutions you’ll find in a television: 720p, 1080i and 1080p. The first one, 720p, is the basic HD format currently used by most broadcasters. If you have an old television then the picture you see is made up of 480 lines each scanned individually, but with the newer televisions the picture is made up of far more lines giving you a much clearer picture. As you’d expect, the more lines you have, the better the picture. The best resolution you can find at the minute is 1080p, also known as Full HD, which features the same amount of lines are 1080i, but scans them more effectively. If you want to take make the most of things like Blu-ray and HD gaming then you’ll need a Full HD television. Simple!
As we’ve said, owning a HD ready television (or HD television) doesn’t guarantee you HD pictures, you need to connect it to a HD source. This could include a SkyHD box, Freeview or the new Freesat. The most common package available is Freeview, which comes either built-in to your television or in the form of a set-top box. Whilst it’s likely that you’ve already been introduced to Freeview, you may not have heard of the latest progression, Freesat. This is a non-subscription service similar to Freeview which allows you to receive fantastic HD programming through a satellite dish, without having to pay the sometimes hefty fees of subscription television. Some of our televisions come with Freesat built-in making installation much easier.
Alongside the new Freesat service are Freesat recorders, which work in a similar way to Sky+ but for a fraction of the price. With a Freesat recorder you can record and store all of your favourite programs in stunning HD. You won’t have to worry about missing programs that clash either, as you can record two programmes simultaneously. If one of you wants to watch the football and the other Coronation Street then a Freesat recorder can end all the arguments.