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Friday, 14 April 2017
MikeP
10:00 PM

StevensOnln1:

I correctly stated that Full HD refers to the TV set having both a DVB-T2 tuner as well as a screen capable of 1080p resolution. That has been the accepted definition for many years abd is used as such on this website. An HD Ready TV has a ascreen capable of 1080p but does not have a DVB-T2 tuner.

Jean Willey is likely to be using Ridge Hil, based on the links in her original posting, so should be getting the HD services.

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StevensOnln1
10:58 PM

MikeP: You are incorrect. Full HD refers only to the resolution and not the tuner. There are many TVs on sale which are labelled Full HD because they have a 1920x1080 panel but do not have a DVB-T2 tuner. Jean Wiley would indeed be able to receive COM7 from Ridge Hill, however Toshiba's website confirms that the TV model number she has does not have a DVB-T2 tuner.

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StevensOnln1's 567 posts Gold Gold GB
Saturday, 15 April 2017
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MikeB
9:29 PM

MikeP: Sorry Mike, but as a neutral party, I have to say that Steven is correct.

Full HD TV's were described as such (or often as 'Full HD 1080') some years before DBV-T2 tuners became available in about 2010-11. 'HD Ready' normally descibed a x768/720 panel, when you think about it, it just said that the TV could take an HD signal, even though unless you had a blu-ray, Sky, Virgin or Freesat, you weren't going to get it.

Think just how many times people have complained about having a HD TV, but can't pick up HD - its because the HD part is about the panel, not about the tuner. Now, fortunately, its both, although I was asked at least three times today whether a TV came with Freeview!

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MikeP
9:41 PM

MikeB

I disagree! The term full HD has been used for some years since TVs equipped with DVB-T2 tuners appeared as opposed to those that are just HD Ready which do not have DVB-T2 tuners. Even you have used the difference in the past.



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MikeB
11:16 PM

MikeP: 'Full HD' has always been taken to mean it had a 1080 panel, and hence could be used with a Blu-Ray player. But those appeared before DVB-T2 tuners appeared on the market.

For instance, this is a review of the Sony KDL W5810 https://www.whathifi.com/sony/kdl-40w5810/review (the only TV Sony has made with a Freesat tuner) which appeared in 2009, which only had a Freeview tuner (and would only have that, a DVB-C or a DVB-S tuner), and yet the review refers to it having a 'Full HD LCD'. Thats because it had a 1080 panel.

One of the reasons why the industry brought in standard descriptions was to try to avoid the confusion of marketing descriptions which confused people - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_ready - hence HD Ready meant just that, and even HD Ready 1080 was the official terms for 'Full HD'.

Even now, there are plenty of TV's which are 768 panels and discribed as HD Ready by their manufacturers, which actually have HD tuners. But those tuners can't make a 768 panel into a 'Full HD' one.

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Sunday, 16 April 2017
MikeP
10:34 PM

MikeB:

If that is the case then what would be the correct term, that users would understand, for a TV set with at least 1080p resolution and with a DVB-Ts tuner?

On this website, it has been the convention that 'HD Ready means a TV that is capable of displaying 1080p images but does not have a DVB-T2 tuner. The term 'Full HD' has been used here for quite some time and is taken to mean a TV set capable of showing 1080p images but is fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner so that it is capable of receiving the transmissions of HD channels, such as BBC1 HD on PSB3 multiplexes.

A great many viewers as confused by terms that are not descriptive accurately of the product and marketing people as amongst the biggest culprits in confusing the viewing (and buying) public.



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StevensOnln1
11:12 PM

MikeB: HD Ready = 720p/1080i, Full HD = 1080p. Neither indicate the type of tuner - there are plenty of Full HD TVs with DVB-T tuners and plenty of HD Ready TVs with DVB-T2 tuners.
TVs with a DVB-T2 tuner are labelled either Freeview HD or Freeview Play for some smart models made by manufacturers who have adopted the Freeview Play smart TV platform. TVs with a DVB-T tuner will be labelled Freeview, regardless of the the resolution supported by the panel.

I fully agree that the marketing is confusing but referring to tuners by talking about screen resolution doesn't help.

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StevensOnln1's 567 posts Gold Gold GB
Monday, 17 April 2017
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MikeB
8:59 AM

StevensOnln1: Agree with the HD Ready v Full HD divide - its simply the display, and was certainly around in 2008 (Full HD cost more), before DVB-T2 tuners were even tested.

If you want to see what people who ask questions on this site think that terms mean, you can see an evolution in the question they ask. At the time of digital switchover, when people could finally get HD via their aerial, the complain was 'the person who sold me the TV said I could get HD - so why not?'. And you'd have to point out that the panel is HD, but the tuner is not. Then you got 'I've just bought a TV which is Full HD, but I can't get HD on it - why not?' And you'd have to point out that it was a cheap TV which wasn't equiped with an HD tuner, and the emphasis on 'HD' was a bit of a scam (which the govt finally sorted out last year). Now, its 'why can't I get Talking Pictures?'

I'd expect a TV to be labelled 'Freeview HD' these days, although even LG still has one TV in their range with just a DVB-T tuner, which really annoys me (it took us ages to twig that it didn't have HD, because thats just expected these days).
However, Freeview Play is different - its a smart function, and its nothing to do with the tuner (although I'd be amazed if such a set didn't have an HD tuner as well). Sony's use Youview, which works in a similar way, but current Samsungs still just use apps (which smart TV's also use, even if they have Freeview Play/Youview), but of course have Freeview HD, etc. So just as the tuner and the panel resolution are seperate, so is the particular smart functionality.

To be honest, this debate is slightly out of date. 85% of the sets in a main showroom will be 4K, and all of those will have a DVB-T2 tuner, plus a possible sat tuner, be smart, have wifi, etc. You will be lucky to find an HD panel at anything above 50in, and the likes of Panasonic has just one model of HD TV from 32-49, and even Samsung has just two. And the prices are increasingly very similar - you'll pay just thirty pounds more for the decent 2016 Panasonic x600 4K set in a 40in than you will for the Samsung 5500 HD set. I was shocked to find that the 49in Samsung HD which I've always liked was more expensive that the rather better 4K Samsung equivalent.

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MikeP
11:19 PM

MikeB & StevensOnln1:

So it appears that the concensus leans towards refering to a DVB-T2 equipped TV as a Freeview HD model then.

This discussion illustrates the confusion created by not having an agreed term adopted by all the major manufacturers. No wonder the non-technically aware viewing public are confused!

Thanks for the input, I will use the term Freeview HD for such sets infuture.



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MikeP's 1,357 posts Gold Gold GB
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
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js
12:26 PM

Also note that generic devices with DVB-T2 demodulators (there as many DVB-T2 TUNERS as there are digital aerials) will fail to decode the BBC ENCRYPTED EPG for services on the T2 multiplexes, producing what is often described as "Chinese" programme titles/descriptions.

An advantage of such devices is their ability to record programmes as transmitted, where "Freeview HD" devices will encrypt them to disk.

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