HDTV Buying Guide

HDTV – High definition television, this is a clearer, sharper, wider, and more colorful picture compared to older standard definition televisions. Let’s cut to the chase. HDTV looks a lot better than old TVs. It is not even close. To watch TV in HD, two things are needed - a high definition television and a high definition signal.


High Definition Televisions are amazingly affordable. Let us help you select the right HDTV for you from our huge inventory. Here are some things you should know before you buy: Screen size is measured from corner to opposite corner. Next is the type: Plasma, LCD, LED, Ultra HD 4K, or OLED. This tells a little more about the inner workings of the screen. Basically, all TV screens are thin, flat, & can be mounted on a wall. OLED is the latest in TV technology. Instead of being backlit like other flat panel technology, this innovative TV uses pixels that generate their own light resulting in better contrast and black levels. OLED HDTVs are also brighter, thinner, lighter, and use less electricity. Because they do not require a glass panel for support, they can easily be curved for a more cenematic effect. Ultra HD 4K TVs have also been recently released and offer 4x the resolution over other 1080p TVs. These newer TVs are incredibly clear and offer the very best picture quality, especially for large screen TVS. LED televisions are very popular, offer a bright picture and use very little power. LCD TVs use the same screens as LED sets, but have older, less effecient backlighting and are not as slim. Plasma has been around the longest but is still rated the best for black levels and motion clarity. Because of this, Plasma televisions continue to be a top pick for cinephiles and gamers.

HD Source

For HD viewing, a high definition signal is required. Standard DVD players are not high definition. A Blu-Ray player’s signal is true high definition from a high definition disc. HD cable providers and satellite companies also provide high definition signals, but an HD cable box is required. Most areas offer high definition broadcasts of local channels over the airwaves, but an HD receiver may be necessary if your HDTV was manufactured prior to 2007. If your home is within range of the broadcast, simply attach an antenna to your TV or tuner box to receive free HDTV.

In short, HDTV is a great improvement over standard television, but it requires equipment for optimal use. A Blu-Ray player and an HD cable box will bring true HDTV into your home.