Types of HDTV – Plasma

July 16, 2009 – 4:38 pm, posted by Oliver

With all the different types of High Definition Televisions out on the market today, it can be hard to find the one that is best for you. There are LCDs, Plasmas, and Projections. There are also a few other types, but for the most part they are either still under development or too expensive to be called a viable consumer product. In this article, we will identify the pros and cons of the Plasma screen. We will take a brief look into its history, see how it compares to the Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs), and look into some of the downfalls of Plasma screen technology.

The first plasma screen was invented in 1964 by professors Donald Bitzer and Gene Slottow, and graduate student Robert Willson. It wasnt until digital technology became standard that plasma screen technology made its true debut.

Broadcasting companies were originally looking at investing in Plasma, but LCD at the time seemed a more viable technology. It wasn’t until years later, when a 60 inch plasma prototype was developed, that it started to make headway in the High Definition Television market. Since then, while it has been a contender with LCD and Projection, it remains behind in both technology and sales.

One of the major downfalls of Plasma is whats called the “burn effect”. This happens when there is a static image on the television for an extended period of time. So any broadcast logo that is static, or any static images from video games, can literally be burned into the screen. From that point on you will always see an impression of that image on the screen.



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