HDTV Technology

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You've taken your new TV out of the box and set it up, but the picture quality doesn't look as good as it did in the store. What's the best and easiest way to fix that?

By Chris Pollette

Some HDTV signals display certain types of broadcasts better than others. Learn about the difference between 780i and 1080i HDTV in this article.

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The 1080p has the highest HDTV resolution available. Learn about the difference between 780p and 1080p HDTV in this article.

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Blu-ray discs are becoming more and more popular. Learn about Blu-ray TV in this article.

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Have you ever wondered how to tell the difference between plasma and LCD? Learn about how to tell the difference between plasma and LCD in this article.

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If you know how to connect a HD video source using an HDMI cable to a TiVo, you can watch all your recorded TV shows in high definition. Learn about how to connect a HD video source using an HDMI cable to a TiVo in this article.

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DLP is an imaging technology used for television and projectors. Learn what a DLP TV is in this article.

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Quality DLP lamps manufactured nowadays last from 6,000 to 7,000 hours. Learn how long DLP lamps last from this article.

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Cowboys Stadium features the biggest high-definition television in the world. No matter where you sit, you should have a great view of the action. Fans love it, but why does it make opposing teams so angry?

By Jonathan Strickland

As sports franchises try to attract more fans, teams spend millions upgrading their old stadiums and building new ones. The centerpiece in most? A really, really big HDTV.

By Nathan Chandler

The biggest changes in high-definition televisions over the past few years are related to screen size, thickness and price. Can we cram more pixels into our TV displays?

By Jonathan Strickland

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For a technology so widely adopted as high-definition television, you'd think that its realities would be pretty well known. Nonetheless, a number of myths still persist about HDTV.

You paid a lot of money for your new HDTV, so you probably want it to look its best, right? But do you have to have a professional calibrate your new set or can you do it yourself?

By Jonathan Strickland

A high-definition television is a pretty common sight these days, but it wasn't that long ago when seeing one was a real curiosity. When did the first HDTV make the scene?

By Jonathan Strickland

In general, you don't need to have a professional install your new HDTV set, but it still might be worth your while. What might make installation worth the added expense?

By Jonathan Strickland

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LCD HDTVs are often criticized because they have difficulty showing a true black color. This is because LCDs use scanning backlights. What do they do?

By Jonathan Strickland

When someone goes in to buy an HDTV, he or she might be bombarded with lots of electronics jargon. It's important to know: What's refresh rate?

By Jonathan Strickland

HDTVs are one of the more popular electronics item on the market. Do you know what is available? Take a look at this gallery to see new HDTV technologies and styles.

If bigger is better, then ultra-high definition TV will be the best way to watch television in the not-too-distant future. This larger-than-life technology will immerse viewers in a world of realistic quality.

By Jessika Toothman

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HDMI is more than a port on the back of a TV (and the often expensive cable that fits inside). It's a set of rules for allowing high-definition electronic devices to communicate.

By Tracy V. Wilson

After all of the hype, the experience of watching a brand new HDTV can be a little anticlimactic. Find out why and what you can do to improve it.

By Tracy V. Wilson

Learn how HD-DVDs differ from DVDs and what's happening in the struggle between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.

By Tracy V. Wilson

If you're looking for a big screen, you've got a lot of options. Which display technology is for you? DLP (digital light processing) sets are cheaper and have a better picture than many of the other big-screen options.

By Tracy V. Wilson & Ryan Johnson

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If you've heard of an HD upconverter, you're way ahead of most folks. So what's this new addition? What exactly are we trying to "upconvert"? Find out what HD upconverters do and why you might want one.

By Ed Grabianowski

Say goodbye to DVD as the top-of-the-line digital storage format -- it pales in comparison to Blu-ray. New blue-laser discs feature unbelievable storage capacity.

By Stephanie Watson