TV Guide

Confused by all the different TVs that are available out there? We've put together a short guide on the variety of TVs you'll find on Ebuyer.com to make it easier for you to decide exactly what you want from your set. From Smart TVs to 3D TVs we've got it covered.

HD TV

HD television uses the latest technology to give you a clearer, sharper screen image when watching your favourite programs. To get high definition, you will need an HDTV monitor or television, a satellite receiver for HD, a standard satellite dish and cables to connect them such as an HDMI, DVI-D or audio.

If you buy an HD TV, it is important to remember that you still won't get an HD picture unless you're connected to HD equipment such as a Sky HD Box or Blu-ray player. Take a look at our HD TV range for more information.

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Full HD – 1080p or 1080i

When a television has a resolution of 1080p, this is often referred to as 'Full HD'.

It means lines are displayed on the screen all at the same time, making the image smoother than interlaced. 1080p is the ultimate high-definition standard and gives the more detailed picture.

1080i is a high definition picture that has been rendered in an interlaced format. This means that each odd line of the picture is displayed at one time, followed by each even line in quick succession. As a result, the image is not as smooth. It can be said 1080i resolution displays are not as clear for action films and televised sports as 1080p.

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HD Ready – 720p

When your TV says it is HD Ready it means that it can receive and display HD TV programming with a maximum resolution of 1366 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

The "p" means this high definition picture is displayed progressively. The image you see is composed of horizontal lines, displayed on the screen simultaneously. This makes it smoother than an interlaced picture.

When buying your new TV, look out for the HD Ready logo. This is an industry recognised standard set by the EICTA, (the European Industry Association for Information Systems, Communication Technologies and Consumer Electronics).

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Smart TV

Buy a Smart TV and it will become the central hub of all your multimedia activity. Smart TVs not only provide standard TV programs, but they also allow you to stream internet content to watch or browse on your TV, such as films, YouTube and Facebook; view files from the internet such as web photo albums or your home network, and even make a Skype conference call.

Usually you will have access to a set number of applications, as well as the option to access additional ones from an 'app store', as you would with your smartphone.

Your Smart TV will need to be connected to the internet to perform. Simply connect it to your broadband via an Ethernet connection or using Wi-Fi (built-in or using a Wi-Fi dongle).

Navigating the internet and entering text can be tricky using your Smart TV's remote control, but a plug-in USB keyboard will solve this problem.

We hope this has helped make your decision easier. Take a look at our wide range of TVs here and enjoy your new viewing experience!

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LED TV

An LED-backlit TV is a TV that uses LED back lighting instead of the fluorescent lights used in traditional LCD TVs. There are three different types of LED TVs: 1 – RGB Dynamic, where the light is behind the panel and localised areas of darkness can be dimmed; 2 – White Edge, where the light is spread evenly from the rim of the screen; 3 – Full Array, which works as one light and level changes will affect he whole screen.

LED-backlit TVs offer a higher contrast than LCD TVs and allow for ultra slim designs, as well as being more environmentally friendly when running and when disposed of.

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3D TV

3D TVs let you can watch 3D content from the comfort of your own home. They effectively create an illusion of 'real–life', or the human stereoscopic field of vision, via your TV set even though your screen is flat. They tend to be high-end TVs with features such as Ethernet, USB player and recorder, Bluetooth and USB Wi-Fi, and require a specific pair of glasses in order to watch 3D content.

Which TV are you

3D-ready TV sets support 3D mode as well as the standard 2D. They usually support HDMI 1.4 and may also include 3D glasses. A Full 3D TV has a resolution of 1920x1080p.

If you are planning to watch 3D Blu-ray films and sports or play games, then you need to look out for Active Shutter 3D TV, which will show every pixel and give you a sharper image. These often come complete with glasses but they are bulky and this format is pricier than other options, however, the quality is superior.

For other requirements such as watching Sky's 3D channel or BBC programs in 3D, you should choose a 3D TV with Passive 3D tech. These use a special polarised screen. These glasses are usually a lot less expensive. In both cases though, you'll need to sit directly in front of the TV in order to experience the best quality 3D.

Watching 3D on TV without glasses could well be a thing of the future, in fact the concept already works on Nintendo 3DS. TVs would require specific auto-stereoscopic technology such as a lenticular lens within its glass panel. There are plenty of issues with auto-stereoscopic viewing not least viewing angles would be limited. However, it may be hitting Ebuyer's shelves sometime in the future!

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LCD TV

LCD TVs, (liquid-crystal display), are a popular format of TV and ideal for the home.

LCD televisions work via cold cathode fluorescent lamps behind the screen. These send a white or sometimes coloured light through the TV but this light is filtered. Each of these filters forms a sub-pixel which blend together to form the pixels that make up the image you see on your TV screen. The shade of colour is dependent on how much light the filters allow through. The high number of pixels means your image is sharp and clear.

LCD TVs have many advantages for use as your main form of home entertainment. The flat screen means they are thin and stylish and can be watched from different angles, which also allows them to be wall mounted or they will fit just as neatly in difficult areas of your front room. LCD TVs offer high resolution images and can support 1080p, (HD). An LCD television set lets you watch all your favourite films in widescreen aspect and high definition – in other words, as they are meant to be seen!

A great choice for smaller screens, LCD TVs give you clear pictures and high resolution. They also work better than alternatives in normal daylight, and often use less power than plasma screens for example.

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Plasma TV

Plasma TVs can transform your home entertainment. The screen is made up of plasma, a type of gas, which fills thousands of chambers within two sheets of glass. These chambers give off invisible UV light when hit by electricity, which in turn hits one of several coloured phosphors within each chamber – this is what creates the image you can see on the screen.

Plasma TVS produce high quality, sharp images with high resolution as well as cutting edge widescreen technology. You won't see any of the lines you would have seen on your old CRT TV and with widescreen aspect, you can watch films as if you were at the cinema.

Like LCD TVs, plasma sets are slim, stylish and can be viewed from a variety of angles. Plasma is perfect for large screen viewing for the whole family or for entertaining.

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