What is HD Ready TV? Dabs explains all
When it comes to buying a TV, what is HD Ready and why should I consider it? It's a question that can sometimes confuse so dabs.com has cut through the terminology and product babble to bring you the HD ready facts. But one thing is for sure... the era of television is about to change....
HD Ready TV - What is it?
High Definition - HD for short is the new broadcast format of the future, delivering a much higher resolution. When you purchase a TV that is HD Ready, you can be assured that your TV is future proof.
What does HD Ready actually mean?
The industry states that a HD Ready TV should be capable of the following:
The minimum native resolution of the display (e.g. LCD, PDP) or display engine (e.g. DLP) is 720 physical lines in wide aspect ratio.
The display device accepts HD input via:
* DVI ( with HDCP) or HDMI (with HDCP)
What does this mean to you?
Basically, the more lines of pixels there are on screen the better the resolution and, therefore, a much better picture quality. A standard TV commonly displays 625 lines, but with the new improved HD technology, your picture will be much crisper and display much more true-to-life clarity.
Why is HD Ready so important?
From 2006 broadcasters will start to offer a HD service - Sky anticipate launching their service in late spring / early summer of 2006 whilst the BBC are already filming in HD format. Many film publishers are also committing to recording in HD formats. In order to experience this much improved service, you will need a number of things....
What you will need to enjoy HD formats?
* A HD Ready TV
* A HD Ready Receiver
* Any relevant subscriptions packages
***Important note: A TV can be HD Compatible by having the relevant connections to take HDCP input but not necessarily the resolution recommended to take full advantage of HD broadcasts.****