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Looking for basic information about television sets? We have answers to many frequently asked questions, from contrast ratio to Internet-enabled TVs.
  1. FAQ: High Definition (HDTV) (5)

How to Internet Enable Your TV
Tips on enabling a standard TV to access Internet content.

Before You Buy An Internet-Enabled TV
Expert advice on things to consider before buying an Internet-Enabled TV.

Overview of the Types of TV Brackets for Wall Mounting a Flat…
Overview of the types of TV brackets for wall mounting a flat panel HDTV

Overview of Freeview TV in the United Kingdom (UK)
Overview of Freeview TV in the United Kingdom (UK).

Record Digital TV on a VCR
How to watch one channel while recording another on a VCR while connected to a digital converter box and HDTV.

Fix Digital TV Reception
How to fix digital TV reception with an indoor antenna.

Extended Warranty - What Is Your Experience with a TV Extende…
People share experiences regarding TV extended warranties.

Digital TV - What's Your Opinion on Digital TV?
Whether you like digital TV or not, use your voice to tell your story on how digital TV impacted your life.

Antenna Users Speak Out About the Digital TV Transition
The digital transition had its share of controversy from multiple delays to post-transition problems with transmitting digital TV signals to all antenna users. Here are some comments about the digital transition from people affected by it.

What is Contrast Ratio?
Explanation of contrast ratio and how it affects buying a HDTV.

Digital TV Checklist - Get Ready for Digital TV
Tips for the person that needs help with digital TV.

Overview of HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection)
This article will explain the basics about HDCP technology and how it affects the consumer.

HDCP - What do you think of HDCP?
Discussion regarding HDCP.

Profile of HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection)
Learn about HDCP, High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection.

Is E-Waste a Problem?
Readers discuss E-Waste.

Digital (DTV) Converter Box - What Do You Think of Your Converter Box?
Owners rate and review their Digital (DTV) Converter Box.

Free HD - Get Free HD with Analog Cable
Did you know that if you own a HDTV and subscribe to analog cable then you may be able to get local broadcast TV stations in HD without using a digital set-top box or an antenna.

Save Money While Watching TV
How to save money while watching TV.

Introduction to Electronic Waste
This article will focus on Electronic Waste and how it applies to televisions, but E-Waste applies much more than just televisions.

What Is an A/B Switch?
An A/B switch is a very useful TV accessory. See how it could help you.

Introduction to HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
Article introducing HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface).

Introduction to Energy Star 3.0 Specification for TVs
In October 2008 the Environmental Protection Agency released Version 3.0 Energy Star specifications.

Will TV Band Radios Work with Digital Television (DTV)?
There is a solution but it isn’t for the portable radio listener. It involves an antenna and DTV converter box.

List of Broadcast Stations Going Digital Before February 17, 2009
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the list of full power broadcast stations that will transition to digital on or before February 17, 2009.

What Does Delaying The Digital Transition Mean For You?
The federal government voted to delay the February 17, 2009, digital transition date to June 12, 2009. What does this mean for you and for our TV stations?

What You Need To Know Before Buying a DTV Converter Box
This is a buyer's guide for DTV converter boxes.

How long is the wait to get a DTV converter box coupon?
How long is the wait to get a DTV converter box coupon?

How To Live Life in HD (High Definition)
How To Live Life in HD (High Definition)

What You Need To Know About The Digital Transition
What it is and when it's going to happen are just two things that you need to know about the digital transition. Other points of interest include how aspect ratios will differ and how channels will take on a new meaning.

How To Recycle or Donate Your TV
This is a list of websites covering recycling consumer electronics. Some of the sites are information-based and others are actual recycling or donation programs.

Save Money When Buying A TV
Do you want to save a buck when buying a new TV? I do. I also like getting more for my money. It's possible if you know where to look and shop.

Diary of a TV Guide: May 19, 2008 - May 25, 2008
Trip to Michigan, Philips TV and flat panel HDTVs in hotels. A diary by Matthew Torres, About.com Guide to TV and Video, discussing how television technology impacts his everyday life.

Which HDTV Should You Buy: 720p, 1080i, 1080p?
Which high definition television (HDTV) resolution is better - 720p, 1080i or 1080p? This is a question many people want to know. Marketing literature would suggest 1080p is the way to go but I'm not convinced.

Problems With The Digital Transition In The United States
The digital transition in the United States is currently scheduled for February 17, 2009. This is the day that all analog television signals originating from full-power television stations will go black - meaning the will disappear, become extinct, exist no more.

The transition hasn't been smooth either. The blame is no single entity's sole claim either. Manufacturers, the federal government,…

What Are Low-Power, Class A and Translator TV Stations?
A short article detailing what low-power, Class A and translator stations are.

Comparison Between Satellite Providers DirecTV and DISH Network
Comparison between satellite providers DirecTV and DISH Network.

Introduction to HDMI 1.3
With its arrival from a collection of contributors ranging from Sony to Toshiba, High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) 1.3 is something consumers are going to see in 2007.

Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program
In an effort to help curb the cost impact for analog TV owners, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce developed a converter box program, which allows analog TV owners to request coupons towards the purchase of a digital-to-analog converter box.

2006 Holiday Shopping Preview
The 2006 holiday season has arrived and consumers are looking for new toys to purchase for themselves and as gifts. With the decrease in price, flat panel high definition television sales have increase and are already a hot seller this holiday season.

Budgeting for a New Television
Once you decide that you want a new television, make a budget. This will help you gain focus and perspective with respect to your shopping. A fixed dollar amount will let you know which televisions to target.

AV Wiring: Connection Guide
Audio Video Wiring Diagrams: A How To Connect Guide for those installing televisions. Components include TV, VCR, DVD player, video game console, home theater stereo system, HD recorders, cable box and satellite receivers.

You Bought A New HDTV – Now What?
I have purchased a new TV each year for the past two years. The average cost was about $1250. Even though I knew I wanted a new TV, each unit was an impulse buy. So, there I was sitting on the couch watching my new TV wondering if I made the right choice – financially and technologically speaking.

What is HDTV?
High definition television is the highest form of digital television. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is the same as a movie theater screen. This is possibly HDs biggest selling point. The other is the resolution. High definition is the best available picture on a television. It comes in three different flavors: 720p, 1080i and 1080p.

Largest High Definition Televisions
Going above and beyond the call of duty, several consumer electronics manufacturers have raised the stakes in terms of quality and size for HDTVs at the consumer level.

HDTV Education and Consumer Awareness
There is a lot of buzz generated regarding digital television (DTV) and high definition (HD) from television and print advertisements, the at-large media, electronics manufacturers, the United States government and websites like this one. The buzz is so constant that it can become distracting...

What is Digital Television?
A guide to help beginners understand television's newest advancement, DTV. This article features a perspective on what to expect in the coming years from DTV, and introduces HDTV.

Frequently Asked Questions - HDTV
Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding High Definition television.

HDMI, DVI, and HDCP
What is HDMI/HDCP and DVI/HDCP, and what do they do? Do I need one on my consumer electronics equipment? I'm thinking about buying a new television, so should I get one with HDMI or DVI?

Before You Buy A New Television
What you need to consider before buying a new television like price, type, and where to buy.

Do I Need A New Television?
If you watch TV and your set doesn't work because of electrical malfunctions, the picture went out, or there's a boot sticking out from it because your team lost the big game - yes, you need a new television. If you have four High Definition plasma flat panels, you probably don't need another. However, most of us don't fall in either category, therefore the need is debatable.

Is High Definition Over-Rated?
A look at the top-level digital television category, High Definition, and its relevance in the consumer world.

FCC Plug and Play Factsheet
A posting of the Federal Communications Commission's plug and play factsheet. Plug and Play is a new feature of digital television that eliminates the need for a set-top box to receive digital cable signals.

Buying Advice: Stretching the Picture on a Widescreen TV
A stretched picture is when a 4:3 image is pulled on the sides to fill the entire screen. People and images end up looking fatter/wider and shorter. This is an issue with widescreen televisions...

Wanted: A New Kind Of Electronics Store
Think piece about the future of electronics retailing

We Interrupt This Movie For An Important
The problems of streaming media

Oh No...TV Is Going 'Social'
Introducing "social TV"

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