LCD TV buying guide

Expert advice on buying an LCD TV


Watching TV

Almost all televisions on the market have integrated digital and analog TV tuners. The majority of models also have the ability to receive and decode High Definition channels, so you will be able to receive every free-to-air channel available, including the new Freeview platform.

Each commercial television station broadcasts at least one Standard Definition and at least one High Definition channel. The quality of these channels varies, but generally they are broadcast at either 576p or 720p resolution. High Definition channels do not always broadcast HD material, though — and it is common for the same footage shown on the Standard Definition channel to be upscaled and rebroadcast on the High Definition channel with no difference in quality.

External set-top box solutions are also available, usually with a storage device such as a DVD recorder or hard disk drive built in. This will allow recording of programs so you can watch them at a later date.

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