The invention of television itself is the biggest innovation in the world of entertainment. Without that, the people would still be huddling around the radio for news and other content. And now, it’s the need of every home.
But there have been some fantastic innovations along the way. Whether it’s the size/design we’re looking at (LED/LCD) or the content (HD quality) we want to watch, consumers now have a choice of everything they never had it so well.
Here are some of the essential innovations in the TV industry.
1. High definition television
HDTV has up to 5 x times the resolution of standard definition. A higher resolution picture is much colourful, sharper, has more lines and details.
Secondly, HDTV requires less bandwidth. Plus, the screens are about one-third wider than standard analogue television screens, or we can say HDTV screens are more natural to watch. Some HDTV sets already have the option to video recording; otherwise, we’ll need to buy additional equipment –DVD recorder with ATSC tuner, a hard disk recorder, and a Blu-ray recorder. The records are saved in specific HD formats.
2. LCD Vs Plasma
In the early 2000s, people had the choice of either LCD or Plasma (two flat-panel technologies). Flat-screen sets immediate advantage over CRT (cathode ray tube). They are lighter, came in bigger screen sizes, and can be mounted on a wall. Plasma screens have superior contrast, black levels, high refresh rates, and better viewing angles. However, they are less energy efficient as compared to LCD, and as the LCD price dropped, they have now become a public choice.
3. LED Vs. LCD
Both LED, and LCD technology is similar, but LED uses a liquid crystal display panel that is composed of polarizing material sheets with a crystal solution between them. It gives wider viewing angles, superb picture quality, and incredible HDR performance to the viewers.
Two Different Types of LED TV are
The Edge-lit panel is thinner and more energy-efficient. It is the common design theme that has lamps around the edge of the TV screen.
Whereas, the Back-lit panel has a Light Emitting Diode and provides consistent picture quality. They are more expensive as compared to edge-lit.
4. OLED Vs. LED
OLED (made with organic compounds) stands for “organic light-emitting diode.” As compared to LEDs, OLED TVs are extremely thin, flexible, energy-efficient, and even rollable. Also, when it comes to black levels (the crucial factor in achieving the best picture quality), OLED is the champion. It allows deeper blacks, richer colors, and thus a more dazzling and realistic image. Whereas LED TVs––most of the time–– suffer from an effect called “light bleed.” So, OLED sounds like a better choice for us.
5. Smart TVs
The main benefit of a smart TV is now we can access a large number of channels without the need to subscribe to a cable/satellite service or connect a TV antenna. Also, some latest smart TV sets provide gaming and web browsing facility to the users. In a nutshell, it incorporates an operating system that allows viewers to access online and network-based media content without worrying about connecting it to an additional box like Roku or Firestick.
Now, all the leading brands manufacture smart TVs with little difference, but all include built-in apps to help us stream content or use extra features.
As far as price is concerned, Smart TVs were initially expensive, but now the prices have dropped down drastically. In short, the technological advancement of TV has come a long way. Each year, the manufacturers are trying to develop new features and so deserve the crown for their achievements. Enjoy your favourite Netflix show or browse social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
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