What is the Difference Between Full HD & HD Ready TV?

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We are living in a world where technology plays a significant role in our everyday life. These days, most people cannot function efficiently without the help of electronic devices. Can you imagine yourself without a computer, a wearable device, a mobile phone, or a refrigerator?

difference between Full HD and HD Ready TV

One of the most common forms of entertainment is watching TV. Home entertainment technology has evolved so much that television units are no longer confined to broadcasting TV shows. In fact, the rise in popularity of smart TVs has given us more ways to benefit from this home appliance.

However, not all televisions are the same. The difference lies in several factors such as brand, screen size, image quality and resolution, functions and pre-installed apps, and cost.

Customers these days are becoming more meticulous when purchasing electronics. To them, cost may not be as important as quality. As a result, manufacturers are developing TVs that not only provide good quality displays, but also other value-adding features.

Comparing Full HD and HD Ready TV

First time smart TV buyers would probably be confused between two types: Full HD and HD Ready TV. It’s important that buyers are made aware of the differences between these two types of TVs so that they would know what to expect from the home appliance that they have purchased.

Basic definition

The label “Full HD” means that the television is able to handle high-definition signals of 1080 horizontal lines of information across the screen. These are built in to be able to receive HD channels without the need to add an extra box.

HD ready TV, on the other hand, means that the television produces 720 horizontal lines of information across the screen and is able to handle a high-definition signal. However, it does not have a built-in high definition tuner. Therefore, an HD service would be coming from an external source.


A 1080p display definitely appears sharper than a 720p display, and the difference is noticeable on large screen sizes. That means sitting six feet away from a good 32-inch smart tv may not show any significant difference between an HD ready TV and a full HD unit. The difference with the display may become more noticeable when you inch closer towards the TV.

Note that practically all budget TVs sold have HD-ready capabilities only. This is a quick and simple guide to choosing the right television for you.

You’ve probably heard the term “resolution” a number of times. It refers to the number of pixels that compose the picture or image on the television, with pixels defined as the tiny dots of illumination on a display screen. The more pixels that a screen has (which denotes a higher resolution), the sharper and more detailed the picture will be.

A high-resolution television has a grid of 1920 pixels (horizontal) x 1080 pixels (vertical). This is the standard resolution for full HD TV. Meanwhile, HD-ready units may come in many sizes and screen resolutions, but won’t be able to process HD feed in the same way as full HD units.

Now that you know the difference, it shouldn’t be difficult to choose the best kind of TV to suit your needs. Make sure that you know which features are non-negotiable to you, so that you can fit everything in your budget.

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