The Ultimate HDTV Quiz

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The Ultimate HDTV Quiz
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About This Quiz

There seems to be a lot of confusion about HDTV. What resolution are you supposed to look for, and do you get LCD or plasma? Do you sign up for satellite or cable service? This quiz just might help you make some decisions.
What does HDTV stand for?
high-definition television
OK, too easy. Just wanted to start you off slow. HDTV stands for high-definition television.
hard-drive television
high-density television

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When did the first HDTVs hit the market in the United States?
1996
1998
HDTVs were first available in the U.S. in 1998.
2000

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In June 2009, the United States switched from what kind of signal to a digital TV signal?
cathode ray
single-definition
analog
There was a lot of hullabaloo in 2009 about the switch from an analog signal to digital.

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What are the two most important things to consider when you're buying an HDTV?
frame size and digital resolution
screen size and native resolution
There are lots of features to consider, but you can take a first pass with screen size and native resolution.
pixel size and digital interface

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What is native resolution?
the type of digital signal that the screen will display
the maximum number of pixels that the TV will accept from an incoming source
the number of pixels on the display
Native resolution is the number of pixels on the screen. Your TV will adapt the incoming signal to its native resolution.

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Which of the following is NOT a common HDTV native resolution?
540z
720p and 1080i are the most common resolutions -- so if someone tries to sell you a 540z, you'll probably want to pass.
720p
1080i

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What's the difference between 720p and 1080i resolution?
there really is no difference
1080i comes in slower but has higher resolution
We "regular" folk can't easily tell the difference between the two, but many experts say 720p is a "smoother" picture because it comes in faster than 1080i, which has higher resolution but is an interlaced image (long story).
720p is slower but has higher resolution

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What's the most popular kind of HDTV?
rear-projection
plasma
LCD
Plasma screens generally have a better picture than LCDs, but LCDs are better sellers because of the large range of prices and available screen sizes.

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What's one of the advantages of satellite HDTV service over cable?
more national HD channels
In part because of its video-compression technology, satellite service offers more national HD channels than cable does.
better picture
satellite is usually cheaper than cable

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I just bought an HDTV and the picture doesn't look that great. What's the problem?
You didn't buy a high-enough resolution.
You're not tuned into an HD channel.
You're probably not watching the right channel. If the channel you're on isn't broadcast in HD, the picture still won't be good even when you're watching an HDTV.
You probably didn't connect the cables correctly.

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You Got:
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