In the quest to improve the picture quality, LED TV manufacturers have introduced several new technologies to help achieve the sharpness and black levels we’re used to seeing with plasma-based flat-screen TVs. One such improvement comes in the way that LED TVs are illuminated. In this post we discuss the various benefits of the four different backlight methods incorporated in LED TVs. We also explain the differences between “full-array” and “edge-lit” backlighting and also discuss how local dimming can make a difference in picture quality. Continue reading

Let’s say you are set up with an entertainment center that features the whole shebang. HDTV with an integrated ATSC tuner. An antenna capable of picking up HD signals over the air. And you have all kinds of sweet peripherals ready to feed your TV an amazing high definition picture. Sounds awesome! But are you sure you’re really getting a high def image on your HDTV? Continue reading

Did you know that you can get a high definition signal on your HDTV, right over the airwaves? Provided you live in an area capable of receiving over-the-air (OTA) broadcast signals, your local stations are broadcasting the appropriate digital signals, and if you have an HDTV with a built-in digital tuner or an HD-ready TV with an external HD receiver, you are set up to receive free high definition signals. Continue reading

In 2009, people across the US were scrambling to keep pace with the digital TV transition. This digital switchover, which is just part of a larger move toward digital conversion going on across the globe, required every full-power TV station in the country to broadcast only in the digital format. For many people, the transition to digital ATSC signals had little impact on their TV viewing experience because cable and satellite set top boxes made it possible to view the new signal format on older analog televisions. But in the long term, cable boxes and satellite boxes (not to mention digital-to-analog converter boxes and analog sets running through gaming consoles, VCRs, and DVD players) are an inelegant solution and inferior to the new digital TVs that can make use of the full spectrum of benefits of the ATSC signals. Continue reading

Shopping for and comparing HDTVs is fun, but it can also be confusing. Take, for example, TV contrast ratios. It’s an important specification to understand but it’s also one of the more misleading features on televisions today. That’s because even though TV contrast ratios can help you make a smart decision when it comes to buying an HDTV, it’s also a spec that doesn’t have an industry-wide standard of measurement. Continue reading

Have you ever wondered what the differences were in TV screen resolutions? Were you left scratching your head when deciding between buying a TV with a 720p resolution verses one with a 1080p resolution? Screen resolution is one of the most important factors you will consider in your search for the perfect high definition HDTV flat screen television. The clarity with which your television displays images is determined by the screen resolution. Televisions with higher screen resolutions are able to display better images with more clarity. In this guide, we will help you choose the perfect HDTV by understanding what TV screen resolution is and why it is an important factor in your buying decision. Continue reading