Technology Explained Part Two

100Hz Display

A TV technology which displays pictures at a fast rate in order to reduce flicker.

1080p

Refers to esolution or sharpness of a full high definition ( FULL HD ) display.

2.1 Channel Sound

A surround sound system which uses two stereo speakers and a sub-bass speaker to create surround-sound effects. These systems use fewer speakers than normal surround sound systems ( which can have six or more ), and so take up less space in the living room.

24P

A TV and video feature designed for movie buffs, which enables films recorded onto Blu-ray discs to be shown at the same frame rate they were shot. The system is designed to remove picture judder. To use the 24p feature, you need  Blu-ray disc player connected to TV that can accept a 24p signal.

2D-to-3D Conversion

A system which converts ordinary 2D images into  3D like picture.

3D TV

A TV system that adds depth to the picture, producing amazing images, that you almost feel you can touch. In order to watch a 3DTV, you need a 3DTV television, a 3D source (which can be a special 3D television broadcast or a 3D Blu-ray disc on a 3D compatible Blu-ray players), and a pair of viewing glasses. There are two main types of  3DTV formats. Passive formats which use low cost viewing glasses with polarised filters, while active systems use glasses with built in shutters that switch the image behind the left and right eye at a rapid speed, to give the 3D effect.

ALLSHARE

A system used by Samsung to share audio, video and pictures from different devices around the home, for example, watching videos stored on your home PC on the TV screen.

ANYNET+

A system used by many Samsung products that allow you to control different devices (such as a TV, Blu-ray player and home audio-video system) with a single remote control handset.

APP

A small  program that adds new features or functions to a smart television.

Audio Description

A broadcast system designed for visually impared television viewers. It uses a special audio soundtrack that describes what is happening on screen.

BBC IPLAYER

A television catch up service, which lets you watch programmes broadcast over a certain period.

BLU-RAY

A video format which stores high definition video and audio on a CD sized disc.

BD Live

A Blu-ray system which allows users to download content linked to a Blu-ray disc title from the internet.

DIVX PLUS

A video file format. Some DVD and Blu-ray players can playdiscs with DIVX recordings.

DOLBY DIGITAL

A surround sound audio system that comes in various forms.

CATCH UP TV

Allows viewers to catch up on TV programmes they missed , by sending them on the internet. Catch up programmes can be watched on a PC, TV or on smartphones.

DNLA – DIGITAL LIVING NETWORK ALLIANCE

An industry standard that makes it possible to share audio, video and pictures between different devices, like a TV or PC.

FLICKR

An online photo library for sharing pictures with friends and family.

FREESAT

A subscription free digital TV service that offers more than 150 TV and fadio channels. A satellite dish and receiver is needed to receive Freesat.

FREESAT HD

A subscription free service, it offers all the Freesat channels, plus high definition TV channels and catch up services like BBC Iplayer.

FREEVIEW

A subscription free digital TV service which offers multiple TV and radio channels, which are received through a TV aerial.

FREEVIEW HD

An upgraded Freeview service which includes high definition channels.

FULL HD

Full high definition television. Offering the highest picture quality.

GAME MODE

A feature found on some TV sets, which is designed to improve picture quality when playing video games.

HDMI

A special cable and connection designed for high definition video and high quality audio.

IDTV

Stands for integrated digital TV, ( a television with a built in digital tuner )

JPEG

A digital photo file format used by most digital cameras.

LCD TV

Liquid Crystal Display TVs, have a slim, flat screen composed of liquid crystals and a backlight.

LED TV

An LCD TV which uses a light emitting diode ( LED ) backlight. This is more energy efficient than the standard backlight used on normal LCD TVs. LED TVs can also be made super slim.

MPEG

A digital video format.

OPTICAL OUTPUT

This transmits digital signals as pulses of light.

PLASMA TV

Plasma TVs have slim flat screens containing inert gases that glow when an electric charge is passed through them.

SD MEMORY CARD

A postage sized memory card that can store audio, video and data, such as digital images.

SKYPE

A free online service that lets you make audio or video calls over the internet.

SMART TV

A Smart TV receives normal television broadcasts, and can also connect to the internet, your friends and family, as well as other devices around the home. Not all Smart TVs are the same, and you need expert advice to ensure that you get the set that best suits your needs.

STANDARD DEFINITION

Normal picture quality

THX

A standard for home AV equipment. If you’re a big home cinema fan, you should take a look at THX- certified equipment.

USB

A plug and play connection used by almost all computers and many devices, such as iPODSs, digital cameras and MP3 players.

USB HARD DISK RECORDING

Some televisions allows users to collect an external hard disk drive to them to record programmes.

VIERA CAST

A smart TV service used by some Panasonic televisions and BLU-RAY players that gives viewers access to various internet devices and content, e.g films.

VIERA CONNECT

The latest smart TV service offered by Panasonic, which includes online content, services and apps.

WI-FI

A wireless network system.

YOUVIEW

You View is a new set top box offering subscription free digital TV AND CATCH UP. With access to more than 100 digital TV and radio channels, you can also take advantage of the seven day catch up functionality, in addition to on demand programmes from the content libraries of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

PVR- PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDER

A PVR is a smart video recorder, instead of using tapes or discs, video recordings are stored on a large hard disc drive ( HDD ) and some can hold up to hundreds of hours of TV programmes. Most PVRs let you record two different channels at the same time.