HDTV: Like Looking Out An
by: Alan Rhinehart
Have you ever watched a movie on a regular TV set, and then watched the
same movie on an HDTV? If so, you would have noticed a huge difference! On
the HDTV viewing, you see and notice things you've never seen before, even
if you've seen the same movie several times! The colours are brighter,
backgrounds are clearer, and details are better defined. HDTV is like
looking out an open window, whereas in comparison, standard TV is almost
like looking through a glass soda bottle. Because of CRT (cathode ray
tube) technology, TV is often referred to as "the tube". After watching
HDTV, watching standard TV is almost like trying to view through one!
HDTV, or High Definition Television, offers precision sound, original
film quality picture resolution, and a wider, better detailed panoramic
view. This is made possible by the use of true digital signal which is
transmitted via satellite or cable directly to your unit. You'll notice
that not only does HDTV offer extraordinary picture clarity and sound, but
the scope of the picture just like watching a movie on the "big screen",
inside a real movie theater!
The use of digital signal is what separates HDTV from your common
television set. The reason why there is such a notable difference between
the two is that conventional televisions operate on analog signal. Digital
signals are much faster, meaning images are is refreshed more rapidly,
therefore providing superb picture resolution. Analog signals are much
slower. As a result, the images produced by a television using this type
of signal are of low resolution. Simply put, the picture is just not as
sharp and view is restricted.
Not only do HDTV's offer superb picture quality, but HD sound is second
to none. This is because Dolby Digital surround sound comes standard with
HDTV. So, not only does watching an HDTV remind you of a movie theater, it
also has the sound system to further enhance the experience.
Along with better quality picture and sound, HDTV's are quite easily
integrated with your computer. They are able to easily communicate
directly with one another through the use of a type of data compression
software such as MPEG-2. Once this software is successfully installed, a
whole new world of multimedia technology is literally at your fingertips!
For instance, CD-R applications can be transmitted to an HDTV, as well as
HDTV programs can be downloaded onto your computer. Either way, the
picture resolution is top notch and the signal is stable.
Lastly, HDTV's are more affordable than one might assume. There are
many different ways to buy or finance an HDTV system. Some companies offer
money-saving offers both in-store and online. Some of these include rebate
programs; others include special deals, extra gifts or incentive packages
offering items such as hundreds of dollars in gift cards. There are both
in-store and online promotions as well as savings with shipping and
delivery. Bottom line, HDTV is affordable for almost any budget and well
worth every penny!