The world of video is in an exciting transition. Americans are buying high-definition televisions at staggering rates, and the technology is improving at an almost equal pace. Buying a new HDTV is exciting, but most of the things consumers should know before buying one can seem like a totally different language. Microsoft and Sony seem to spew out that same technical terminology, and a lot of people just might not understand it. Seriously, what are those guys jabbering about?! Well, read on to get a lesson in video technology.
Before reading this guide, it's worth noting that there are many more resolutions, ratios, encodings, signals, and other explanations than listed. All of the information provided is meant to apply to the current media standards, with a little extra change thrown in.