Everything you need to know about buying an HDTV (video)

Everything you need to know about buying an HDTV (video)

Summary: In this DIY-IT Father's Day Special, David Gewirtz interviews HDTV guru Alfred Poor for a detailed, in-depth, deep dive into everything you ever wanted to know about buying an HDTV.

TOPICS: Hardware

Welcome to DIY-IT's Father's Day Special. I'm joined by HDTV guru Alfred Poor for a deep dive into everything you've ever wanted to know about HDTV but were afraid to ask.

This is a fascinating program that looks at tips and tricks for buying, whether now is a good time to buy (it is!), the differences between the various technologies, the future of HDTV, and a lot more.

See also: The HDMI cable ripoff and why retail is really dying

So whether you're planning on buying an HDTV for yourself or a loved one, or just want to know insider secrets about the world of HDTV, you owe it to yourself to watch this deep dive into HDTV.

Topic: Hardware


David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • First thing you need to know ....

    Monster HDMI cables are a waste of money when a $10 generic cable can perform the same (and sometimes better).

    Glad to see that you posted the link that fully explains why ....
    • Agreed

      Agreed. In the age of digital, the quality of the cable isn't going to matter much until the cables start becoming very long. For the most common cable lengths, the digital nature of the data means there's zero difference between cables.
  • 3D TV

    3D - it's cool.......in a theatre. For day-to-day.....no thanks. Honestly, where is the value-add to your life?; it's just not there unless you spend your life in front of a TV screen (in which case, you have bigger problems).

    If you want true 3D, get up from the lounge and look around - it's everywhere - courtesy of a function of your body - the eyes.
  • RGBY?

    Hi - thanks for the interview, it was informative! 8^)

    Wondering if you have seen the quad-color pixel LCD display (Samsung??) that incorporates a yellow sub-pixel along with R,G,B? Improved gamut could be nice, and it seems to me you might also be able to get better brightness out of it - I'm just guessing here, but it seems plausible.
  • hdtv

    Too long a video to watch, just make sure that the TV you buy (in uk) has 1080p and a full HD tuner is a good make like Sony, LG, Samsung. Ect and is FULL HD not HD ready. Best to buy from large outlet or well known dealer/department store. LED has lowest power consumption best for domestic use. Smaller size screen normally gives sharper picture (up to 32???) get somebody who knows ( not thinks they do) to look at technical spec. good luck
  • I have a different definition of "too big".

    To me, "too big" means "disproportionate to the rest of the room".

    Having to take the roof off to get the TV into the room is [i]way[/i] beyond "too big" and is comfortably into "ridiculously oversized".