We are all gearing towards getting digital TV’s. With the digital conversion going full force next year, many of us will probably get new sets. Digital TV’s are loaded with their own special terminologies such as:
- Native resolution – this refers to the number of pixels on an LCD or plasma screen.
- High Definition – HDTVs display digital TV signals in 1080p or 720p definition. The images displayed on these are sharper and clearer and more detailed.
- Enhanced definition – this refers to 480p, a spec between standard and high definition.
- Standard definition – good old analog in 480i format, the regular TV that we’ve grown to love for decades.
- Integrated – HD sets that has digital tuner but will still need a cable or satellite box to get HD via cable and satellite. Some TV’s now are equipped with Cable Cards wherein you can get the feed without a cable box. One of our TV’s has this feature, and it’s great as that’s one less cable box to deal with. The TV cost more though, with this option.
- HD ready – they are not equipped with built-in tuner which makes them cheaper than integrated sets.
There you go. Start checking out which digital TV you’ll be getting. You won’t want to turn “black” when the switch to digital comes. If I’m not mistaken, the switch will be by February 2009.