This guest post is by Lyndsey Ellis, Support Specialist, Broadcast Services at Cision.
It’s no secret that broadcast has come a long way. From the dim, spotty images of extinct analog systems that blurred your grandparents’ first color TV set, to the mainstream standard digital systems you grew up eyeing, it’s clear that television broadcasting has come a long way and developments in this industry are rapid.
High-definition content currently reigns in television and video. Premium efficiency and quality are the main components of this fairly new system. Simply put, it’s the Holy Grail of resolutions in the broadcast industry.
The World Before HD
Life was much simpler before HD made its lasting mark across the eyes of television viewers and movie goers. Although there were less technicalities, broadcast offered limited results when it came to fine-tuning images on the tube.
High-definition’s emergence dates back to the late 1960s when it was first produced through a Japanese broadcaster. However, it wasn’t introduced to the United States until more than a decade later. The invention caused a lot of controversy and was rejected several times because of bandwidth restrictions before it was finally approved by the Federal Communications Commission in 1996. Two years later, its public exposure revolutionized viewing pleasure as we knew it.
What It Is
High-definition is a television broadcasting system that’s considered better than standard definition television because of its higher digital signals. It features horizontal to vertical scan lines of resolution that amplify the quality of images on the screen. To date, minimum resolution is 1080×720; maximum is 1920×1080.
Why Its the New ‘It’
1. Sharper Picture
HDTV has up to 2 million pixels and easily puts analog TV’s ½ million pixels to shame. The result is narrower gaps between scan lines which are more compatible with the naked eye. Images are more crisp and vivid with incomparable color accuracy. Every viewing experience is an Avatar moment, minus the blue cat-people.
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