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The latest TV technology for your home

Heighten your entertainment experience with advanced TV technology, including high-definition display, streaming, record and playback capabilities and much more. Having access to the latest television technology is even more important when it comes to choosing the right TV service provider — since this will influence your TV technology capabilities.

Here are some of the newest and best TV technologies to look for when shopping for a TV provider:

Display clarity: HD and 4K TV

High-definition picture quality means a resolution of 720p or higher. To watch true HD quality, you must have an HD TV or display in addition to HD programming. Many networks now offer HD programming so you can enjoy sports, movies, dramas and more in crisp, clear quality.

4K TV, or “Ultra-HD,” is a newer TV technology that features four times the picture quality of standard HD. To truly appreciate 4K technology, you must have a 4K display and receive 4K programming, which is less widely available compared to HD content.

Display clarity: HD and 4K TV

High-definition picture quality means a resolution of 720p or higher. To watch true HD quality, you must have an HD TV or display in addition to HD programming. Many networks now offer HD programming so you can enjoy sports, movies, dramas and more in crisp, clear quality.

4K TV, or “Ultra-HD,” is a newer TV technology that features four times the picture quality of standard HD. To truly appreciate 4K technology, you must have a 4K display and receive 4K programming, which is less widely available compared to HD content.

Pros

HD
  • There’s a lot of HD content to watch. In fact, DIRECTV offers more than 200 full-time HD channels.1
  • TVs capable of displaying HD content have become the new standard, which means prices for new HD TVs have leveled off significantly.
  • Most entertainment devices, such as Blu-Ray players and gaming consoles, support HD.
4K
  • Picture quality is superior to HD. With approximately 4 times the pixels of HD, 4K resolution creates a larger than life entertainment experience.
  • 4K content is gaining ground. DIRECTV offers three 4K channels: DTV4k, CINE4K and LIVE4K.2
  • Many newer game consoles and media players are capable of supporting 4K content.

Cons

HD
  • Picture quality is subject to the source. If a network only offers a show in standard definition, that’s how it will appear on your TV, regardless of your TV’s capabilities.
  • Trends show HD will likely soon be replaced by 4K or better.
4K
  • There isn’t a ton of content available yet. Like HD, picture quality is ultimately determined by the source.
  • 4K is among the newest waves of TV technology, which means higher prices on new TVs.

You may be asking “what happened to 3D TV?” Unlike HD and 4K TV, 3D TV was a new TV technology that vanished almost as quickly as it appeared. Little 3D content is available, and most major TV manufacturers have stopped producing 3D TVs altogether. Though, virtual reality (VR) technology has quickly emerged as a successor to the immersive viewing experience and is likely to shape TV technology in the future.

Digital Video Recorders (DVRs)

DVR devices have revolutionized the way we watch TV. With the ability to set a show to record and play it back at your leisure, you never have to miss your favorite shows again. Most TV providers now offer DVR equipment that enables you to:

Record/playback shows
Create your own TV schedule with the ability to record shows and watch them later.
Store hundreds of hours of programming
Build your entertainment library with hours and hours of content stored on your device.
Start a show in one room, finish in another
Wirelessly connect multiple TVs to your DVR and start/stop a show on one TV and pick it back up on another.
Advanced HD DVR features
  • Record and playback HD content.
  • Display two shows at once on one screen.
  • Connect to the Internet for access to additional content.
  • Record only single airings, new episodes, or all airings of a show.
  • Manage your content using a mobile app.

Streaming TV at home and on the go

Increased Internet availability has given rise to streaming and mobile apps, allowing you to take your favorite shows and movies with you on the go.

Watch TV on your smartphone or tablet

Many TV providers now offer mobile apps that allow you to stream live and recorded TV on compatible devices.

Entertainment streaming services

Streaming-only services have become increasingly popular due to their convenience and relatively low cost. They’ve also opened the way for more robust services with live TV streaming and on-demand entertainment like DIRECTV NOW.

Upgrade your TV tech with DIRECTV!

DIRECTV is a leader in TV technology, offering the latest television technology, from 200+ HD channels and 4K content to Genie HD DVR included, and streaming subscriptions with DIRECTV NOW. Call 1-866-569-3807 to upgrade your TV technology with DIRECTV!

Last Updated: 9/15/2017

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