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The Evolution of Television [Infographic]

The last ten years have seen a rapid change in the design and output capabilities of television sets. This infographic takes a look at sales history, new technology, and what to look for when buying a new HDTV.

Unclear on what vertical resolution, refresh rate, and contrast ratios are and how they relate to your TV viewing enjoyment? Check out the above infographic for some definitions and purchasing tips.

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Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/7/11

Comments (6)

  1. Sream

    I don’t see how Plasma is better then LCD… that some wrong intel up in there…

    1. LCD TVs can be fixed everywhere, Plasma TVs not
    2. LCD TVs have more working hours then Plasma TVs
    3. If your Plasma TV damages, you need to pay for the replacement half of the price
    4. Plasma is cheaper* then LCD (because of the quality)
    5. Plasma changes color if the temperature drops

  2. Road Dog777

    Bought a 34″ CRT by JVC in 1999, it still works just fine.
    EVERY other tweak after that lasted 2-3 years B 4 they failed or needed work.
    The newest TV’s my M8’s sunk 4-figures into blew @ 1-2 years.
    If you gave me a hi-tech 3-D junk-o-vision TV for free, I would decline.

    R D

  3. Buzypea

    You get what you pay for in terms of quality. My 42″ HD Panasonic plasma is now 5 years old and still the picture looks stunning. I go round friends houses and see their newer but cheaper Korean counterparts and am shocked how bad they look in comparison, especially watching standard def stuff.

    IMO 3DTV with glasses is a passing fad that will be gone very soon…..just like it did when I was a kid in the 80’s

  4. Xaviour

    I could not agree more, Buzypea. I’ve been saying that for a couple of years now. No one wants to don a set of glasses when they sit down to veg at the big screen every night.
    I wish it would go ahead and fade away so the manufacturing teams can get their focus back on developing other (less headache causing) innovations.

  5. Jason

    I think these will be the future, not 60 inch behemoth screens. http://gizmodo.com/5835977/sonys-hmz+t1-is-an-awesome-oled-3dtv-that-you-wear-on-your-head

    There will be many exceptions, but I can’t imagine many people turning their living room into a theater.

    As far as Plasma vs. LCD, yes, plasma is better. But there’s no comparison to an OLED or a nicer LED TV.

    Saying 120hz won’t effect the footage is correct. But it will definetly affect how that footage is displayed. A nice 120 LED TV will make an image have much more depth that a 60hz will, not to mention the smoothing effect.

    And the bit about contrast ratios is purely wrong. There is no industry standard for measuring contrast, but saying a 52 million to 1 contrast television looks exactly like a 1000:1 to to human eye is pure BS. Yes, they are highly misleading when it comes to contrast, but that doesn’t mean a higher contrast TV is going to have a much better picture than one with substantially lower contrast ratio.

    Sounds like someone did a little online research then tried to play consumer advocate, without having any actual experience. Or my eyes are just horrible at seeing.

  6. Elazar55

    I assume this chart is for just a television that goes in your living room or something. For the reason that resolution can be very important. especially if you’re trying to run an OS, on a 42″ display at 720P -.-
    Also the comment on the dynamic contrast ratio is, as jason said, misleading. Contrast ratio shouldn’t be the only thing you look at, but it is an important in choosing a monitor. Grant it that for LED backlit LCD’s you can see some huge numbers, and you should take it with a pinch of salt so to speak, but you have a problem when you see an LED tv with the same contrast ratio as an lcd.

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