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Shopping for a new flat screen television? You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the choices available. So which is the right one for you? The answer depends on your viewing habits and where you plan to use your TV.
What Are The Different Types of HDTVs?
To help you shop for your new television, here are some brief descriptions of the display technologies used by HDTVs:
- LED TV – LED TVs use Light-Emitting Diodes for backlighting instead of CCFLs, reducing energy consumption and allowing for brighter images with a wider contrast range. There are two LED backlight configurations: "full-array" places LEDs throughout the entire display panel, while "edge-lit" places LEDs at all four sides of the TV which all project light toward the center of the display. Edge-lit LED TVs are much thinner than full-array LED TVs, but may have a darker picture quality. All LED TVs use a liquid crystal display (see below).
- LCD TV – An LCD TV uses Liquid Crystal Display technology for its visual output. Most flat screen TVs on the market use an LCD screen backlit with either CCFLs (in older models) or LEDs.
- SMART TV – Smart TVs have computers inside that enable many more functions and features than standard HDTVs. With an Internet connection, you can use a smart TV to rent movies, stream free content, surf the web and more.
- 4K TV – The new standard in television now is Ultra High Definition, also known as 4K UHD. With four times the number of pixels as a 1080p screen, a 4K screen is capable of extremely detailed imagery.