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Confusion reigns over 1080p TV terminology

August 15th, 2006 · No Comments

The world’s biggest flatscreen TV makers have failed to agree on common terminology for high-end and displays. Japanese consumer watchdogs have been concerned about the use of differing phrases to describe various levels of 1080 pixel resolution, claiming that they confuse buyers.
The debate was sparked when Sharp used the term ‘full-spec Hi-Vision’ for its flagship LCD TVs. Hi-Vision is the common term for HDTV broadcasting in Japan.
Its competitors cried foul, but since then the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association has only managed to offer a woolly guideline that says it is “desirable” to quote pixel resolution. The main plasma vendors are unhappy with this, claiming that it ignores aspects such as motion resolution (LCD detail drops considerably when an object is moving).
Consequently, a variety of unqualified terminology continues to be used to describe high-end screens, such as ‘Full Hi-Vision’ and ‘Full HD.’
At the recent SINOCES Expo in China, similar confusion reigned as manufacturers of LCD screens claimed widespread compatibility, regardless of the resolution of TV panels.

Tags: High definition TV · LCD TV · Plasma · Trade

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