Friday, 23 December 2011

T is for Television

We are excited by the new TV technology

LCD or plasma?
LCD TVs come in a much larger range of sizes and tend to use less power than plasma TV sets, but viewing angles can often be inferior. Plasma TVs are only available in large screen sizes of 37 inches or more but tend to do blacks better. They can be prone to screen burn, but we don’t think this is really an issue anymore.

What about LED TVs?
Ultra-slim LED TVs are LCD sets with one crucial difference – the handful of backlight lamps that illuminate the screen have been replaced by hundreds of smaller LEDs (light emitting diodes).

LEDs promise a number of advantages over the traditional backlit LCD.

Without the typically bulkier lamps illuminating the screen, LED sets can be designed and built to be even slimmer than traditional LCD sets. LEDs are also more energy-efficient than traditional bulbs.

Even better than that - What about 3D TV?

We are looking forward to a system where you don’t need the 3D glasses. As a glasses wearer, wearing two pairs is no fun, not to relax in your own home.

HD TVs that can display 3D TV pictures are the latest innovation to hit the high street. To watch, you'll need one of the new 3D-ready TVs, a pair of 3DTV glasses – and some 3D content to watch.

Look like the BBC will run a 3D TV service for the Olympics and you can get 3D Blu-ray players too.

3D technology isn’t new. Two cameras are used to record slightly different perspectives of the same image, which are displayed on screen as a double image. Polarising or active-shutter glasses filter a different image to each eye, creating the illusion of depth.

The 3D effect on the TVs we've seen is impressive, but the sets are expensive and now there's not much in the way of 3D content to watch. All 3D TVs can play back regular 2D content, too.

Father Christmas' sledge broke down on Christmas Eve. He flagged down a passing motorist and asked, 'Can you help me fix my sledge?'
'Sorry,' the motorist replied. 'I'm not a mechanic - I'm a chiropodist.'
'Well, can you give me a toe?'


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