Advancements in Television Technology

4k-tvDespite the era of technology bringing forth a range of different devices which can virtually replace the television, such as iPads, iPods, and smart phones, the TV set remains relevant after all of these years. It has endured the tests of time. A lot of this is due to the fact that the television has continued to evolve with the times, becoming more versatile and keeping up with recent advancements. Even though most households have another device they could use to watch movies and TV shows, most people still have at least one TV in their home.

Indeed, television has come a long way from being a small, fat box that displayed poor-quality pictures in black and white. In the beginning the way TVs worked was a bit different than they do now. Initially there were two schools of thought regarding how a television should be invented, one revolved around the Nipkow Disk, the other centered around the cathode ray tube. Although color TV was available as early as the 40s it wasn’t until the 50s that Americans were able to enjoy color on a slightly broader scale, and at last, in the early 70s, all programming was available through color.

smarttvLCD and plasma televisions were some of the last inventions on the scene to bring TVs current and up- to-date with other technology. Since these last popular TVs there have been improvements and breakthroughs in other technology related to television. The biggest weakness for LCD televisions was the lag that came from producing fast-motion pictures, making them difficult to use for gamers. There were some other disadvantages with LCD, such a diminished picture quality when viewed from an angle and the expense involved in producing the television.

LCOS were another form of television technology but they never quite hit it off in the same way as LCD TVs. LCOS stands for Liquid Crystal on Silicon and it died out in 2013. These LCOS televisions operated on some rather complicated technology, but they did have some benefits such as producing blacker blacks than many other televisions. Of course LCOS had some comparatively unfortunate weaknesses which lead to its eventual demise. They often produced dull color, low contrast, motion blur and a narrow viewing angles.

smart-tv-as-pc-displayIt was not long ago at all that plasma TVs dominated television technology, becoming the most relevant and high-tech thing on the market. Not only were they relatively cheap to make they also had wide- viewing angles and great contrast ratios. Plasma televisions work by trapping noble gases and applying electricity to the gases, thus creating plasma and giving the television its name. Each cell being heated and cooled at a rapid pace produces the colored light which appears on display. Plasma TVs have, for the most part, been replaced by newer and more current technology. In fact, they are no longer being manufactured. They had some disadvantages like the LCD television; plasma TVs tend to have shorter lifespans and heat production and efficiency issues.

Now the scene is set for a new host of televisions featuring all-new technology. Every year that goes by advancements are made to make the entertaining process even more easy, enjoyable, and pure. This year, in fact, has been said by many people to be a prime year for purchasing a new television, because of what is available on the market. This is the time where you can take advantage of some of the latest advancements in television technology that have improved the viewing experience, without breaking the bank. For most people that is a pretty big deal. Although there may not be any revolutionary breakthroughs this year there are certainly a lot of advances which have contributed to better televisions. Keep up to date on the latest advances in television technology and TV service providers here.

smarttelevision4K TVs, also called Ultra HD TVs, introduce some new technology and provide a lot of interesting advantages. This television promises great detail and high resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixels. The biggest think about 4K that has made it attractive people is the pixels—that is the big selling point. They are called “4K” televisions because of the horizontal resolution of the format, which is generally on the order of 4,000 pixels. Although 1080 resolution is named after the height of the image, 4K refers to the width. 4K televisions are also about four times the size of a full HD 1080p image. One slight problem which has occurred with the 4K television is getting video which can transmit with so many pixels, but there are still quite a few solutions, like Netflix and Amazon.

LED televisions are another big technology-breakthrough on the market. Well, sort of, because LED televisions actually use a lot of the same technology as most typical LCD screens do. The biggest distinction between them is the backlighting. LCD televisions use cold cathode fluorescent light, whereas LEDs use light emitting diodes (which is where the acronym LED comes in) this actually has quite an impact, however. LED televisions have wider viewing angles, more dynamic contrast, a wider range of color, and they are also cheaper to make and generally consume less power than LCDs. Then, the next step up from LED televisions are OLED—organic light emitting diode technology. Organic stands for the organic materials used in these televisions.

quantumdotQuantum dots are making quite a headway too. Actually, Quantum dot technology targets an issue that LED televisions have. The way current LED TVs function has produced blacks that are brighter than they should be and colors that are not as vibrant as desired. Quantum dots are essentially light-emitting nanocrystals which absorb light of one wavelength and then, essentially, convert it to another wavelength. Light which is produced this way contains all of the colors on the spectrum and can also produce a richer white light. The downside to this type of technology is that quantum dot televisions tend to be more expensive to produce. It is possible and even probable that, with time, this new technology will go down in price, as things usually do after they have been on the market for a while and the craze has died down. This also gives manufacturers a chance to figure out cost cutters.


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