High definition television or HDTV is something that most of us have become familiar with today. However, many people do not fully understand what the difference is between this new format and the original standard definition TV. In addition, there is lots of confusion over how you can view HDTV in your home and what sort of television you need to buy.
The difference between high definition television and standard definition television is the resolution. HDTV comes in two standards. These are two megapixels per frame (1920 x 1080p) and one megapixel per frame (1280 x 720p). When you compare two megapixel HDTV with standard definition TV it has roughly five times as many pixels. So what exactly does this mean? Well in terms of picture quality it means that the overall image you see is of a much better quality and much more sharp. Watching HDTV in your home makes your viewing experience more lifelike than ever before.
If you want to experience HDTV you will first need to invest in a high definition TV. Most televisions on the market now are certified as HDTV, which means they have a built-in tuner that can decode the high definition signal. This certification was introduced in 2005 after many consumers were confused or wrongly sold products they were led to believe enabled them to watch HDTV when in fact they were just HD-ready meaning they could not decode the signal without an add-on device.
Another aspect you will need to consider is a Sky, cable or FreeSat service that will enable you to receive the high definition channels. Blu-ray is the new standard format for watching high definition films too so you may want to invest in a Blu-ray player. Often it is easier to purchase a TV package that comes with everything you need to view HDTV in your home.