HD ready

The HD ready is a certification program introduced in 2005 by EICTA (European Information, Communications and Consumer Electronics Technology Industry Associations), now DIGITALEUROPE. HD ready minimum native resolution is 720 rows in widescreen ratio.

There are currently four different labels: "HD ready", "HD TV", "HD ready 1080p", "HD TV 1080p". The logos are awarded to television equipment capable of certain features.

In the United States, a similar "HD Ready" term usually refers to any display that is capable of accepting and displaying a high-definition signal at either 720p, 1080i or 1080p using a component video or digital input, but does not have a built-in HD-capable tuner.

HD ready logo
HD ready logo for devices that are not 1080p

History

The "HD ready" certification program was introduced on January 19, 2005. The labels and relevant specifications are based on agreements between over 60 broadcasters and manufacturers of the European HDTV Forum at its second session in June 2004, held at the Betzdorf, Luxembourg headquarters of founding member SES Astra.[1]

The "HD ready" logo is awarded to television equipment capable of displaying High Definition (HD) pictures from an external source. However, it does not have to feature a digital tuner to decode an HD signal; devices with tuners were certified under a separate "HD TV" logo, which does not require a "HD ready" display device.

Before the introduction of the "HD ready" certification, many TV sources and displays were being promoted as capable of displaying high definition pictures when they were in fact SDTV devices; according to Alexander Oudendijk, senior VP of marketing for Astra, in early 2005 there were 74 different devices being sold as ready for HD that were not.[2] Devices advertised as HD-compatible or HD ready could take HDTV-signal as an input (via analog -YPbPr or digital DVI or HDMI), but they did not have enough pixels for true representation of even the lower HD resolution (1280 × 720) (plasma-based sets with 853 × 480 resolution, CRT based sets only capable of SDTV-resolution or VGA-resolution, 640×480 pixels), much less the higher HD resolution (1920 × 1080), and so were unable to display the HD picture without downscaling to a lower resolution. Industry-sponsored labels such as "Full HD" were misleading as well, as they can refer to devices which do not fulfil some essential requirements such as having 1:1 pixel mapping with no overscan or accepting a 1080p signal.

A UK BBC television programme found that separate labels for display devices and TV tuners/decoders confused purchasers, many of whom bought HD-ready equipment expecting to be able to receive HD with no additional equipment;[3] they were sometimes actively misled by salespeople—a 2007 Ofcom survey found that 12% were told explicitly that they could view analog SDTV transmissions in HD, 7% that no extra equipment was needed, and 14% that HD-ready sets would receive existing digital SDTV transmissions in HD.[3]

On August 30, 2007, 1080p versions of the logos and licensing agreements were introduced; as an improvement to the earlier scheme, "HD TV 1080p" logo now requires "HD ready 1080p" certification.

Requirements and logos

HD ready 1080p logo
Current logo for 1080p displays
HD-TV Logo
Logo for 720p televisions and set-top boxes

HD ready[4] and HD ready 1080p logos[5][6] are awarded to displays (including integrated television sets, computer monitors and projectors) which have certain capabilities to process and display high-definition source video signal, outlined in a table below.

The HD TV logo[7][8] is awarded to either integrated digital television sets (containing a display conforming to "HD ready" requirements) or standalone set-top boxes which are capable of receiving, decoding and outputting or displaying high-definition broadcasts (that is, include a DVB tuner for cable, terrestrial or satellite broadcasting, a video decoder which supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression in 720p and 1080i signal formats, and either video outputs or an integrated display capable of handling such signals).

The HD TV 1080p logo[5][9] is awarded to integrated digital television sets which have a display conforming to "HD ready 1080p" requirements, a DVB tuner and a decoder capable of processing 1080p signal.

In order to be eligible for the "HD ready 1080p" or "HD Ready" logo, a display device has to meet the following requirements:

Requirements HD ready HD ready 1080p
Minimum native resolution 720 horizontal
lines (rows) in
widescreen ratio
1920×1080
Analogue YPbPr HD input Yes Yes
Digital HDMI or DVI HD input Yes Yes
The HDMI or DVI input supports copy protection (HDCP) Yes Yes
720p HD (1280×720 progressive @50 & 60 Hz) Yes Yes
1080i HD (1920×1080 interlaced @50 & 60 Hz) Yes Yes
1080p HD (1920×1080 progressive @24, 50 & 60 Hz) No Yes
Accepted video formats are reproduced without distortion No Yes
Display 1080p and 1080i video without overscan (1:1 pixel mapping) No Yes
Display native video modes at the same, or higher, refresh rate No Yes

Technical references

  • DVI: DDWG, "Digital Visual Interface", rev 1.0, April 2, 1999 as further qualified in EIA861B, "A DTV Profile for Uncompressed High Speed Digital Interfaces" May 2002, furthermore allowing both DVI-D and DVI-I connectors, requiring compliance to both 50 and 60 Hz profiles, and requiring support for both 720p and 1080i video formats.
  • HDMI: HDMI Licensing, LLC, "High-Definition Multimedia Interface", rev.1.1, May 20, 2004
  • HDCP: Intel, "High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection System", rev 1.1, June 9, 2003. (For DVI input, HDCP rev 1.0 will apply.)
  • YPBPR: EIA770.3-A, March 2000, with the notice that the connectors required may be available only through an adaptor.

References

  1. ^ "HDTV specifications and timetable agreed by SES ASTRA and industry partners from all over Europe" (Press release). SES ASTRA. June 21, 2004. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Twist, Jo. "Confusion over high-definition TV" BBC News Retrieved on November 26, 2008
  3. ^ a b BBC1 TV "Rip off Britain" programme transmitted 25 November 2010 at 9:15
  4. ^ http://www.digitaleurope.org/HighDefinitionFastFacts/HighDefinitionTV/ConditionsforHighDefinitionLabellingofDispla.aspx
  5. ^ a b http://www.digitaleurope.org/HighDefinitionFastFacts/HDReadyHDTV1080plogos.aspx
  6. ^ http://www.digitaleurope.org/Portals/0/Documents/HD/HD_ready_1080p_LICENSE_AGREEMENT.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.digitaleurope.org/HighDefinitionFastFacts/HDTVlogo.aspx
  8. ^ http://www.digitaleurope.org/Portals/0/Documents/HD/HD%20TV%20Logo%20License%20Agreement.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.digitaleurope.org/Portals/0/Documents/HD/EICTA_HDTV_LICENSE_AGREEMENT.pdf

External links

1080p

1080p (1920×1080 px; also known as Full HD or FHD and BT.709) is a set of HDTV high-definition video modes characterized by 1,920 pixels displayed across the screen horizontally and 1,080 pixels down the screen vertically; the p stands for progressive scan, i.e. non-interlaced. The term usually assumes a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, implying a resolution of 2.1 megapixels. It is often marketed as full HD, to contrast 1080p with 720p resolution screens.

1080p video signals are supported by ATSC standards in the United States and DVB standards in Europe. Applications of the 1080p standard include television broadcasts, Blu-ray Discs, smartphones, Internet content such as YouTube videos and Netflix TV shows and movies, consumer-grade televisions and projectors, computer monitors and video game consoles. Small camcorders, smartphones and digital cameras can capture still and moving images in 1080p resolution.

720p

720p (1280×720 px; also called HD Ready or standard HD) is a progressive HDTV signal format with 720 horizontal lines and an aspect ratio (AR) of 16:9, normally known as widescreen HDTV (1.78:1). All major HDTV broadcasting standards (such as SMPTE 292M) include a 720p format, which has a resolution of 1280×720; however, there are other formats, including HDV Playback and AVCHD for camcorders, that use 720p images with the standard HDTV resolution. The frame rate is standards-dependent, and for conventional broadcasting appears in 50 progressive frames per second in former PAL/SECAM countries (Europe, Australia, others), and 59.94 frames per second in former NTSC countries (North America, Japan, Brazil, others).

The number 720 stands for the 720 horizontal scan lines of image display resolution (also known as 720 pixels of vertical resolution). The p stands for progressive scan, i.e. non-interlaced. When broadcast at 60.00 frames/s frames per second, 720p features the highest temporal resolution possible under the ATSC and DVB standards. The term assumes a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, thus implying a resolution of 1280×720 px (0.9 megapixels).

720i (720 lines interlaced) is an erroneous term found in numerous sources and publications. Typically, it is a typographical error in which the author is referring to the 720p HDTV format. However, in some cases it is incorrectly presented as an actual alternative format to 720p. No proposed or existing broadcast standard permits 720 interlaced lines in a video frame at any frame rate.

Astra 19.2°E

Astra 19.2°E is the name for the group of Astra communications satellites co-located at the 19.2°East orbital position in the Clarke Belt that are owned and operated by SES based in Betzdorf, Luxembourg.

Astra 19.2°E used to be commonly known as Astra 1, as it was the first orbital position used by Astra and the craft positioned there all have the Astra 1x name, but this was changed by SES to Astra 19.2°E in 2008, to avoid confusion with other Astra orbital positions that now include Astra 1x craft originally positioned at 19.2°East.

The Astra satellites at 19.2°East provide for services downlinking in the 10.70 GHz-12.70 GHz range of the Ku band.

Astra 19.2°E is one of the major TV satellite positions serving Europe, transmitting over 1,150 TV, radio and interactive channels to more than 93 million direct-to-home (DTH) and cable homes in 35 countries (the other major satellite positions being at 13° East, 28.2° East, 23.5° East, and 5° East).

There are more than 40 high definition television (HDTV) channels broadcast by the satellites at 19.2°E, using five HDTV platforms. SES was instrumental in introducing satellite HDTV broadcasting in Europe, using the Astra 19.2°E satellites, and helped establish the HD ready specifications for TVs to view HDTV broadcasts. A subsidiary of SES, HD+ operates the HD+ free-to-view platform of German channels from Astra 19.2°E.

Astra 19.2°E was one of the last satellite position to carry numerous analogue channels, until April 30, 2012 when the switch-off of German analogue broadcasts was completed. It is also the only position to have carried radio stations in the proprietary Astra Digital Radio format, although that technology was superseded by DVB-S radio as the analogue transponders that carried the service switched to digital.

British Video Association

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High-definition television

High-definition television (HDTV) is a television system providing an image resolution that is of substantially higher resolution than that of standard-definition television. This can be either analog or digital. HDTV is the current standard video format used in most broadcasts: terrestrial broadcast television, cable television, satellite television, Blu-rays, and streaming video.

HDTV may be transmitted in various formats:

720p (HD ready): 1280×720p: 923,600 pixels (~0.92 MP) per frame

1080i (full HD) : 1920×1080i: 1,036,800 pixels (~1.04 MP) per field or 2,073,600 pixels (~2.07 MP) per frame

1080p (full HD): 1920×1080p: 2,073,600 pixels (~2.07 megapixels) per frame

Some countries also use a non-standard CEA resolution, such as 1440×1080i: 777,600 pixels (~0.78 MP) per field or 1,555,200 pixels (~1.56 MP) per frameThe letter "p" here stands for progressive scan, while "i" indicates interlaced.

When transmitted at two megapixels per frame, HDTV provides about five times as many pixels as SD (standard-definition television). The increased resolution provides for a clearer, more detailed picture. In addition, progressive scan and higher frame rates result in a picture with less flicker and better rendering of fast motion. HDTV as is known today first started official broadcasting in 1989 in Japan, under the MUSE/Hi-Vision analog system. HDTV was widely adopted worldwide in the late 2000s.

High-definition television in Singapore

High-definition television in Singapore is already in "stage conversion".

Although many households in Singapore own HD ready or Full HD television sets some of them are still broadcast in SDTV. However, these were in stage conversion with the digital television.

High-definition video

High-definition video is video of higher resolution and quality than standard-definition. While there is no standardized meaning for high-definition, generally any video image with considerably more than 480 vertical lines (North America) or 576 vertical lines (Europe) is considered high-definition. 480 scan lines is generally the minimum even though the majority of systems greatly exceed that. Images of standard resolution captured at rates faster than normal (60 frames/second North America, 50 fps Europe), by a high-speed camera may be considered high-definition in some contexts. Some television series shot on high-definition video are made to look as if they have been shot on film, a technique which is often known as filmizing.

LG LG4000

The LG LG4000 is an HD Ready LCD flat panel television produced by LG Electronics, to be released in October 2008. It features a built-in DVD player and comes in 26" and 32" versions.

LG LG7000

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Live in Chicago (Stevie Nicks video)

Live In Chicago is a DVD by the American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. It was filmed for PBS's Soundstage, on September 25th, 2007 at Grainger Studios in Chicago, IL and the episode aired on TV in July 2008. Its release is also accompanied with the live album, The Soundstage Sessions. The DVD is available in standard and Blu-ray editions. The DVD is certified gold in Australia.

Nokia Booklet 3G

The Nokia Booklet 3G was a netbook produced by the Finnish company Nokia. It was announced on 24 August 2009.

Overscan

Overscan is a behaviour in certain television sets, in which part of the input picture is shown outside of the visible bounds of the screen. It exists because cathode-ray tube (CRT) television sets from the 1930s through to the early 2000s were highly variable in how the video image was positioned within the borders of the screen. It then became common practice to have video signals with black edges around the picture, which the television was meant to discard in this way.

SES Astra

SES Astra SA was a corporate subsidiary of SES, based in Betzdorf, in eastern Luxembourg, that maintained and operated the Astra series of geostationary communication satellites between 2001 and 2011.

Formed in 1985 as Société Européenne des Satellites (SES), it was Europe's first private satellite operator. In November 2001, upon the purchase of GE Americom from General Electric (renamed to SES Americom), SES Global was formed as the parent company to SES Americom and SES Astra. SES Astra was formed at that time as a subsidiary company to contain all of SES's existing European based satellite operations.

In September 2011, SES Astra and sister subsidiary SES World Skies (formed from SES Americom and SES New Skies) were merged back into SES S.A. to streamline operations under a single management system. Subsidiaries of SES Astra, such as HD Plus and ASTRA Broadband Services became direct subsidiaries of SES. The brand name, Astra, representing the satellite family and the broadcasting system continues to be used and, although the corporate website (www.ses-astra.com) was closed when SES Astra was consolidated into the parent, the consumer site (www.OnAstra.com) remains in operation.A book, High Above, telling the story of the creation and development of Astra, SES, and SES Astra, and the history of recent developments of the European TV and media industry, along with their context in the wider development of broadcasting and space technology, was published in April 2010 to mark the 25th Anniversary of SES.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is a smartphone developed by Samsung Electronics, first announced on November 25, 2013. The phone has a quad core 1.2 GHz processor and 1.5 GB of RAM, with an internal memory of 8 GB which can be extended to another 64 GB by use of microSD cards. The device also supports internet connectivity through 2G and 3G and 4G(LTE), apart from Wi-Fi. Navigation systems including A-GPS and GLONASS with Google Maps. The phone launched with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS. On 14 July 2014 the phone was upgraded to Android 4.4.2 KitKat by an OTA update. There were many issues related with the update. Many users were complaining about unexpected restarts, frequent freezing, System UI errors, unable to change lock screen wallpapers and more. All these issues have been resolved recently with the latest K1 build, which comes along with Samsung Knox.

The Galaxy Grand 2 features an 8 MP rear camera that is capable of high resolution photos and video capture. The primary camera is capable of Full HD video recording at 1920×1080p at 30 frames per second. The quality can be adjusted between HD ready to Full HD depending on the amount of space to be utilized for each video file. The camera comes with an LED flash that is capable of illuminating your subjects quite adequately even in low light conditions. The secondary front-facing camera is composed of a 1.9 MP camera. Autofocus, Geotagging, Touch Focus and Face Detection are some of the advanced features supported by the phone, as well as an image stabilizer and smile detector, and basic image editor.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is powered by a 2600 mAh Li-ion, which is capable of lasting up to 17 hours. The 5.25 in (13.3 cm) TFT HD, multi-touch screen is capable of 16 million colours.

Launched in two variants, G7102 with dual SIM card slots and G7105 with LTE network support, dual micro SIM slots and with dual standby. As compared to its former model Samsung Galaxy Grand, in terms of display, it has larger screen size, improved display resolution, and Pixel Per inch.

Sky HD

Sky HD may refer to:

Sky+ HD, a high-definition television service provided by British Sky Broadcasting Group in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Sky HD (Italy), a high-definition television service provided by Sky Italia in Italy

Sky HD (South Korea), a high-definition television service provided by Korea Broadcasting Corporation in South Korea

Soundstage (TV series)

Soundstage is an American live concert television series produced by WTTW Chicago and HD Ready. The original series aired for 13 seasons between 1974 and 1985; a new series of seasons began in 2003, with the latest (Season 11) starting in April 2018, each presented in high definition with surround sound. Some performances have been made available on DVD. The performances are taped on stage at the WTTW television studio in Chicago, as well as large venues throughout the United States.

Airing nationally on PBS, MTV Live, CMT, Rave HD, and GAC, as well as internationally in over 20 countries, the program features intimate performances by well established as well as up-and-coming artists.

Television in Argentina

Argentine television broadcasting began in 1951 with the inaugural of then state-owned Canal 7, developed by Radio Belgrano executive Jaime Yankelevich. Color television broadcasting, however, was not widely available until after 1978, when the government launched Argentina Televisora Color (ATC), now Televisión Pública Argentina (Argentina's principal public television station). Argentina is one of only five Latin American countries to use the PAL broadcast television system and is also one of the only four Spanish-speaking countries to use PAL (the others being Paraguay, Uruguay and Spain). The prevalence of cable television, increasing steadily since the first CATV transmitter opened in the city of Junín in 1965, is now the third-widest in the world, reaching at least 78% of households.

The Live Desk (U.S. TV program)

The Live Desk was an American news and talk program that aired on the Fox News Channel. It was cancelled and replaced with America Live with Megyn Kelly.

Uniden

Uniden Holdings Corporation (ユニデンホールディングス株式会社, Yuniden Hôrudingusu Kabushiki-gaisha) (TYO: 6815) is a Japanese company in the wireless communication industry.

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