Short for High-Definition Television, a new type of television that provides much better resolution than current televisions based on the NTSC standard. HDTV is a digital TV broadcasting format where the broadcast transmits widescreen pictures with more detail and quality than found in a standard analog television, or other digital television formats. HDTV is a type of Digital Television (DTV) broadcast, and is considered to be the best quality DTV format available. Types of HDTV displays include direct-view, plasma, rear screen, and front screen projection. HDTV requires an HDTV tuner to view and the most detailed HDTV format is 1080i.
* HDTV Minimum Performance Attributes:
Receiver: Receives ATSC terrestrial digital transmissions and decodes all ATSC Table 3 video formats
Display Scanning Format: Has active vertical scanning lines of 720 progressive (720p), 1080 interlaced (1080i), or higher
Aspect Ratio: Capable of displaying a 16:9 image1
Audio: Receives and reproduces, and/or outputs Dolby Digital audio
(* Adapted from Digital Connection)
HDTV-ready refers to a television set which does not come with an integrated HDTV tuner. You must purchase the tuner (also called the HDTV receiver, set-top box, or HDTV decoder) separately.
- HDTV tuner
A device capable of receiving and outputting HDTV signals for display. HDTV tuners can be a stand-alone device or it can integrated in the HDTV display. HDTV has many different consumer names including HDTV decoder, HDTV receiver, and set-top box.
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