When you hear the term “televison”, what is the first thought that passes through your mind? It’s either your mind conjures up images of an expensive-looking TV set gleaming on a big table in a plush room or the more modern image of a flat-screen TV hung on a wall. And even if your imagination manages to conjure up images of modern televisions, you’re probably still picturing a giant plasma screen TV dominating your living room. But TV’s have changed dramatically since their humble beginnings.
Television has changed dramatically over the years, from the basic black-and-white picture, to state-of-the-art high definition programming, to DVD players, and now to high-definition television sets (HDTV). Televisions get digital broadcasting signals and convert them to digital images and sound and send them out as pictures and sound. The original term “televison” came from the Greek words below (meaning afar) and hupia (meaning picture). Some older TV’s had a huge cathode ray Tube (CRT) in a huge wooden frame sitting on the floor and was set on top of a table.
CRT is no longer the most common television technology in America, because of the superior LCD (liquid crystal display) TVs. For the first time ever, consumers are able to purchase HDTV (high resolution TV) for an affordable price – even for a basic $200 TV! This is the real revolution in television viewing experience. HDTV produces more detail and colors than the old CRT monitors, which made the TV’s look washed out.
High definition TV broadcasts channels at a much faster rate than the standard broadcast TV channels. The picture quality on HDTV is so close to perfect that many people refer to it as being like being in the movies! Because of the HD quality of the televisions, many people say they now have more entertainment options than they had when they had standard TV sets. HDTV broadcasts in different languages, such as Korean, are also available for those who wanted the option to watch their favorite Korean stars.
There are also many new and exciting technologies being introduced into today’s modern televisions and one of these technologies is the inclusion of a Wi-Fi connection built into the TV’s motherboard. With this, viewers can stream high definition content directly from their computers to their TV sets, wherever they happen to be. Mobile devices can also stream to a TV, as long as they have access to a Wi-Fi network. Another great technology of this type is called Airplay. This is basically a wireless internet connection built into a TV for users who are watching television on portable devices such as laptops and cell phones.
Many people have started their own business based around streaming their favorite shows and movies from their computers to their HDTVs. There are even companies who offer to host live events where anyone can view their favorite programs and view them in high definition for only a small fee. If you love watching your favorite TV shows, but don’t want to have to travel or stay at a house to do so, you should definitely look into options with high-speed Internet, mobile devices, and Wi-Fi connections so you can easily view your TV wherever you are.