High-definition television (HDTV) has evolved from an early-adopter indulgence to a mainstream technology in less than a decade. Enthusiasm for HD everything is driving the sales of flat-panel TVs and has inspired a next-gen DVD format war. Itâ€™s showing up in camcorders and on your local TV news. Â
Yet HDTV remains a widely misunderstood technology, muddled with misconceptions and half-truths born of marketing mumbo jumbo and senseless jargon. The advertised specifications read like bewildering mathÂematical equations with â€œvariablesâ€ such as 1080i, 720p, 4:3, 1080p and 16:9. Â
To clear the air of confusion weâ€™ve examined some of the most wrongheaded bits of received wisdom in the world of HD.
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