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Black bars and unused screenEdit

Many people choosing between 16:9 and 4:3 TVs wonder how much picture they'll be missing when viewing differently shaped programs. When a normal, 4:3 TV displays DVD or other wide-screen video, black bars, known as letterbox bars, typically appear above and below the wide-screen image. Conversely, regular programs shown on a wide-screen TV may have bars to either side of the picture. In both cases, some of the screen goes unused and the picture you're watching appears smaller.Many people choosing between 16:9 and 4:3 TVs wonder how much picture they'll be missing when viewing differently shaped programs. When a normal, 4:3 TV displays DVD or other wide-screen video, black bars, known as letterbox bars, typically appear above and below the wide-screen image. Conversely, regular programs shown on a wide-screen TV may have bars to either side of the picture. In both cases, some of the screen goes unused and the picture you're watching appears smaller. Many people choosing between 16:9 and 4:3 TVs wonder how much picture they'll be missing when viewing differently shaped programs. When a normal, 4:3 TV displays DVD or other wide-screen video, black bars, known as letterbox bars, typically appear above and below the wide-screen image. Conversely, regular programs shown on a wide-screen TV may have bars to either side of the picture. In both cases, some of the screen goes unused and the picture you're watching appears smallerMany people choosing between 16:9 and 4:3 TVs wonder how much picture they'll be missing when viewing differently shaped programs. When a normal, 4:3 TV displays DVD or other wide-screen video, black bars, known as letterbox bars, typically appear above and below the wide-screen image. Conversely, regular programs shown on a wide-screen TV may have bars to either side of the picture. In both cases, some of the screen goes unused and the picture you're watching appears smaller.Many people choosing between 16:9 and 4:3 TVs wonder how much picture they'll be missing when viewing differently shaped programs. When a normal, 4:3 TV displays DVD or other wide-screen video, black bars, known as letterbox bars, typically appear above and below the wide-screen image. Conversely, regular programs shown on a wide-screen TV may have bars to either side of the picture. In both cases, some of the screen goes unused and the picture you're watching appears smaller. Many people choosing between 16:9 and 4:3 TVs wonder how much picture they'll be missing when viewing differently shaped programs. When a normal, 4:3 TV displays DVD or other wide-screen video, black bars, known as letterbox bars, typically appear above and below the wide-screen image. Conversely, regular programs shown on a wide-screen TV may have bars to either side of the picture. In both cases, some of the screen goes unused and the picture you're watching appears smaller.

Analog, digital, and HDTVEdit

Analog: An analog TV cannot display HDTV programming. It can show only standard-definition programs such as those found on regular TV, cable, or satellite channels--including digital cable and DirecTV or Dish Network.

Digital: The words "digital television" are used as a generic term for SDTV, EDTV, or HDTV.

SDTV: A standard-definition television is an analog television equipped with a built-in ATSC tuner (see below), which allows it to receive digital TV broadcasts. It will display a picture from these broadcasts, but HDTV shows won't look nearly as detailed as they would on a true HDTV.

EDTV: This stands for Enhanced-Definition TV, and usually it describes a television that can display HDTV signals but doesn't have enough resolution to really do them justice. Most often it applies to plasma TVs and denotes 852x480 pixels (more info).

HDTV: High-definition televisions, or HDTVs, can display standard TV, progressive-scan DVD, and HDTV signals. They're by far the most common type of digital television. Nearly every plasma, LCD, and rear-projection TV is an HDTV.

EDTV monitor or HDTV monitor: Describes a television that lacks a built-in tuner of any kind. These sets still work perfectly well with external tuners, including HD-compatible satellite and cable boxes. Analog: An analog TV cannot display HDTV programming. It can show only standard-definition programs such as those found on regular TV, cable, or satellite channels--including digital cable and DirecTV or Dish Network.

Digital: The words "digital television" are used as a generic term for SDTV, EDTV, or HDTV.

SDTV: A standard-definition television is an analog television equipped with a built-in ATSC tuner (see below), which allows it to receive digital TV broadcasts. It will display a picture from these broadcasts, but HDTV shows won't look nearly as detailed as they would on a true HDTV.

EDTV: This stands for Enhanced-Definition TV, and usually it describes a television that can display HDTV signals but doesn't have enough resolution to really do them justice. Most often it applies to plasma TVs and denotes 852x480 pixels (more info).

HDTV: High-definition televisions, or HDTVs, can display standard TV, progressive-scan DVD, and HDTV signals. They're by far the most common type of digital television. Nearly every plasma, LCD, and rear-projection TV is an HDTV.

EDTV monitor or HDTV monitor: Describes a television that lacks a built-in tuner of any kind. These sets still work perfectly well with external tuners, including HD-compatible satellite and cable boxes.


HDTV resolutionsEdit

Resolution, or picture detail, is the main reason why HDTV programs look so good. The standard-definition programming most of us watch today has at most 480 visible lines of detail, whereas HDTV has as many as 1,080. HDTV looks sharper and clearer than regular TV by a wide margin, especially on big-screen televisions. It actually comes in two different resolutions, called 1080i and 720p. One is not necessarily better than the other; 1080i has more lines and pixels, but 720p is a progressive-scan format that should deliver a smoother image that stays sharper during motion. Another format is also becoming better known: 1080p, which combines the superior resolution of 1080i with the progressive-scan smoothness of 720p. True 1080p content is scarce outside of Blu-ray, HD DVD and the latest video games, however, and none of the major networks has announced 1080p broadcasts. Check out our comparison chart to see how HDTV stacks up against standard TV and progressive-scan DVD, and go to HDTV resolution explained for more detail.most 480 visible lines of detail, whereas HDTV has as many as 1,080. HDTV looks sharper and clearer than regular TV by a wide margin, especially on big-screen televisions. It actually comes in two different resolutions, called 1080i and 720p. One is not necessarily better than the other; 1080i has more lines and pixels, but 720p is a progressive-scan format that should deliver a smoother image that stays sharper during motion. Another format is also becoming better known: 1080p, which combines the superior resolution of 1080i with the progressive-scan smoothness of 720p. True 1080p content is scarce outside of Blu-ray, HD DVD and the latest video games, however, and none of the major networks has announced 1080p broadcasts. Check out our comparison chart to see how HDTV stacks up against standard TV and progressive-scan DVD, and go to HDTV resolution explained for more detail.most 480 visible lines of detail, whereas HDTV has as many as 1,080. HDTV looks sharper and clearer than regular TV by a wide margin, especially on big-screen televisions. It actually comes in two different resolutions, called 1080i and 720p. One is not necessarily better than the other; 1080i has more lines and pixels, but 720p is a progressive-scan format that should deliver a smoother image that stays sharper during motion. Another format is also becoming better known: 1080p, which combines the superior resolution of 1080i with the progressive-scan smoothness of 720p. True 1080p content is scarce outside of Blu-ray, HD DVD and the latest video games, however, and none of the major networks has announced 1080p broadcasts. Check out our comparison chart to see how HDTV stacks up against standard TV and progressive-scan DVD, and go to HDTV resolution explained for more detail.

Panasonic TC - 32" LCD TV - WidescreenEdit

Panasonic TC - 32" LCD TV - Widescreen Model: 32LX85 Resolution: 1366 x 768 Output: Stereo LX85 series includes three HDMI connections that enable multi product connectivity via the Viera link connection. LX85 series includes three HDMI connections that enable multi product connectivity via the Viera LX85 series includes three HDMI connections that enable multi product connectivity via the Viera LX85 series includes three HDMI connections that enable multi product connectivity via the Viera LX85 series includes three HDMI connections that enable multi product connectivity via the Viera LX85 series includes three HDMI connections that enable multi product connectivity via the Viera LX85 series includes three HDMI connections that enable multi product connectivity via the Viera LX85 series includes three HDMI connections that enable multi product connectivity via the Viera LX85 series includes three HDMI connections that enable multi product connectivity via the Viera LX85 series includes three HDMI connections that enable multi product connectivity via the Viera

Sony - 32" LCD TV - Widescreen - Chrome, satin blackEdit

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Pioneer PDP - 50" plasma TV - WidescreenEdit

Model: 5020FD Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Output: Stereo Prepare yourself for the next generation of Pioneer KURO with the high-definition 1080p PDP-5020FD. Open your eyes to a world where black levels are beyond what was thought ... Prepare yourself for the next generation of Pioneer KURO with the high-definition 1080p PDP-5020FD. Open your eyes to a world where black levels are beyond what was thought ... Prepare yourself for the next generation of Pioneer KURO with the high-definition 1080p PDP-5020FD. Open your eyes to a world where black levels are beyond what was thought ... Prepare yourself for the next generation of Pioneer KURO with the high-definition 1080p PDP-5020FD. Open your eyes to a world where black levels are beyond what was thought ... Prepare yourself for the next generation of Pioneer KURO with the high-definition 1080p PDP-5020FD. Open your eyes to a world where black levels are beyond what was thought ... Prepare yourself for the next generation of Pioneer KURO with the high-definition 1080p PDP-5020FD. Open your eyes to a world where black levels are beyond what was thought ... Prepare yourself for the next generation of Pioneer KURO with the high-definition 1080p PDP-5020FD. Open your eyes to a world where black levels are beyond what was thought ... Prepare yourself for the next generation of Pioneer KURO with the high-definition 1080p PDP-5020FD. Open your eyes to a world where black levels are beyond what was thought ... Prepare yourself for the next generation of Pioneer KURO with the high-definition 1080p PDP-5020FD. Open your eyes to a world where black levels are beyond what was thought ... Prepare yourself for the next generation of Pioneer KURO with the high-definition 1080p PDP-5020FD. Open your eyes to a world where black levels are beyond what was thought ...

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