TV Technology Jargon Explained

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Today’s blog takes a look at some of the most common technology terms associated with televisions and what this jargon means for homeowners. In today’s entry we’ll focus on picture quality, display technology and smart TV platforms.

Picture Quality:

The higher the resolution the better. FHD (Full HD) can only achieve a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.  4K televisions have a screen resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels, whereas UHD (ultra-high-definition) TVs offer a screen resolution of 3820 x 2160 pixels. There isn’t a massive difference in terms of picture quality between the 4K and UHD. The difference in picture quality between a 4K/UHD TV and a FHD TV is quite noticeable, so we recommend the 4K/UHD option if you want a better looking picture.

Similarly, the difference between HDR and non-HDR is very apparent when comparing the two. HDR (high dynamic range) TVs feature an impressive contrast ratio and colour accuracy improvement over non-HDR TVs, resulting in a more natural picture with greater depth and detail. HDR models are recommended for those who want the best picture possible.

Display Technology:

The difference between LED TVs and OLED is quite straightforward: LED TVs generate colour by shining light through colour filters, OLED TVs generate both light and colour. As a result, OLED TVs have a greater picture quality, and are typically thinner and lighter than LED models. Another advantage is OLED TVs can be viewed from multiple angles while LED TVs require viewers to sit centre to the screen to enjoy optimum picture quality.

Smart TV Platforms:

Most new televisions today feature some sort of smart platform, with smart referring to the TV’s ability to connect to the Internet and access apps and features. Most smart TVs overlap in regards to the content they offer, so you should expect to see popular apps like Netflix and YouTube on the various platforms. The platform you choose will be determined by the TV model you purchase i.e. if you buy an LG TV then you will have access to webOS if you buy a Sony it will be Android.

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