TV Jargon Buster

3D TV – a television that conveys a perception of depth to the viewer in one of two ways: Passive 3D or Active 3D.


4k – see Ultra HD.


Active 3D – offers the Full HD experience when wearing active 3D glasses that are powered and synced with the TV. Active 3D glasses are battery powered and use alternating shutters to provide a different picture to each eye, thereby creating great 3D depth.


Audio Description – describes what is happening on screen for those who have difficulty seeing.  It is an additional narration that fits between dialogue and describes action sequences, body language, facial expression, costume and scenery.  It is only available on selected programmes.


Bluetooth Connectivity – Some Finlux TVs support Bluetooth technology so you can connect a number of different devices to your TV including mobile phones, tablets and audio systems.


Blu-ray – a digital optical disc storage format that is capable of storing high definition video content (1080p).


DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television) – digital TV services transmitted through an aerial.  In the UK this is the Freeview service.


DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) – a European standard for digital televisions: DVB-C for cable, DVB-S for satellite, DVB-T for television. In the UK an example of this is the Freesat service.


DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) – a digital optical disc storage format capable of storing standard definition video content.


EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) – an on screen TV guide showing details of programmes across the available channels for the coming 7 to 8 days.

Ethernet - allows the TV to have a wired connection to the internet.


Freesat – a free satellite service providing a range of TV and radio channels subscription free in the UK.  For channel information, click here. [LINK TO]


Freeview – a free terrestrial service providing a range of TV and radio channels subscription free in the UK. For channel information, click here. [LINK TO]


Freeview HD – same service as Freeview only with the addition of high definition channels.  For channel information, click here. [LINK TO]


HDMI – a connection used on various devices that is capable of transmitting both standard and high definition signals.


HDMI v2.0 – a new generation of HDMI connections that allow transmission of 4k Ultra HD content at 60 frames per second.


HD Ready 720p – a TV that has a screen resolution of at least 720 horizontal lines that can display high definition content.


HD Ready 1080p (or Full HD) – a TV that has a screen resolution of at least 1080 horizontal lines.


LED (Light Emitting Diodes) – an LED TV has a screen which consists of an array of LED lamps that are gathered along the edge (edge-lit) or behind (direct-lit) the screen.


Passive 3D – a 3D system whereby two images from a slightly different perspective are shown simultaneously on the TV screen that creates depth when viewed using passive 3D glasses that are similar to those worn in the cinema. Passive 3D glasses contain different filters for each eye ensuring that one of the images is received by the left eye and the other by the right eye. Requiring no batteries, passive 3D glasses are lightweight and flicker-free.


Pixels – small units within a TV screen that change colour to display an image on screen. The higher the number of pixels, the greater the TV’s resolution (and quality of image).


PVR (Personal Video Recorder) – allows you to record programmes to view later.  Programmes you want to record can be selected through the Programme Guide.  PVRs can be set-top boxes which include a hard drive or the functionality can be built-in to the TV with programmes being recorded onto a USB stick.


Refresh Rate - the number of times a second a screen updates.


SCART Cable – an older way of connecting devices to the TV and transmitting video and audio content.  Still present on some TVs and useful for connecting older devices like VHS players.


Smart TV – a television that has additional services that can be accessed via the internet (usually via ‘apps’).  This can allow streaming content from companies like Netflix, YouTube and the BBC iPlayer to be viewed on screen.  Some Smart TVs also include web browsers.


Resolution – the number of distinct pixels that can be displayed on a screen


Ultra HD - a TV that has a screen resolution of at least 2160 horizontal lines that can display ultra high definition content.  With nearly four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p screens, 4K UHD TVs are capable of incredibly detailed picture quality.


VESA Mounting – a standard which defines the mounting dimensions of flat screen TVs and wall mounts, allowing the correct mount to be used with a specific TV.


VGA - a connection that allows computers to be connected to the TV.


VOD (Video on Demand) – Films and TV programmes delivered when you want via the internet through various service providers e.g. Netflix/Amazon Prime Instant Video.


Wi-Fi – a local network area that allows devices to connect to each other or the internet without the need for wires. Many devices such as TVs, tablets, home computers now feature  built-in WiFi.


Wireless Display – a standard for streaming video and sound content by Wi-Fi Alliance. This feature provides the ability to use your TV as wireless display device.