Size Matters


TV Resolution and Picture Quality

There are various screen types and TV resolutions available today, to help you understand the real detail and benefit of each we have provided an explanation below. You can also watch the two videos below, which clearly show the difference between HD Ready (720p) and Full HD TVs (1080p), plus explain about Ultra High Definition TV (4K).




HD Ready

HD Ready TVs

HD Ready televisions are designed to display content that offers a picture resolution of 720p. The 720p refers to the number of horizontal lines that the TV can show, meaning a full screen resolution of 1280 pixels wide by 720 high (1280 x 720).

HD Ready TVs cannot display the enhanced picture quality of Full HD 1080p or Ultra HD 4K content due to their maximum resolution being too low.


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Now considered an entry-level standard, this is the minimum TV standard broadcast in the UK


Full HD Ready


Full HD 1080p TVs

Full HD 1080p TVs have the potential to offer greater picture clarity, as they can display footage that has been developed in Full HD resolution. There resolution is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 high (1920 x 1080).

They are ideal for showing Blu-ray DVDs, Freeview HD and video games, which are often produced in higher resolution. They cannot display 4K content as their resolution is too low.


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Over 2 million pixels on the TV screen

Extra detail, double the resolution compared to an HD Ready 720p TV


HD Ready


4K Ultra High Definition TVs

4K Ultra HD is the latest TV resolution available. Allowing images to be seen in greater clarity, 4K TVs create images using 8.3 million pixels - that’s four times the amount of a Full HD 1080p screen! The effective resolution is 3840 pixels wide by 2160 high (3840 x 2160).

With all these additional pixels making up the picture on your TV screen, the brightness of the colours, the sharpness of the images and the overall clarity of the picture are greatly enhanced.

4K TV models provide unrivalled clarity, equipped to display footage that is made in Ultra HD resolution. Allowing images to be seen in greater clarity, 4K TVs work best for larger screens, where the images can be viewed in more detail. Although currently there are no live broadcast channels on Freeview and Freesat in 4k, many programmes, films and sports events are now filmed in 4K and content is becoming much easier to access via 4K streaming channels. As more 4K TVs begin to penetrate the market and supersede Full HD 1080p models, broadcasters are looking at the quickest and best ways to bring broadcast 4K channels to the masses.

Another advantage of 4K television is that due to the incredible pixel density, you can sit much closer to it without noticing any pixilation than you would be able to with a Full HD 1080p or HD-Ready TV. This means that the recommended viewing distance can be much shorter, so the bigger screen you always dreamed of is now a practical solution!


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In a Nutshell

Unrivalled picture clarity

Four times better resolution than Full HD 1080p

Much higher pixel density means viewing distances can be reduced

A more immersive viewing experience

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