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Difference Between HD Ready and Full HD

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Main Difference

HD Ready and Full HD are two type of resolution features in televisions. The main difference between HD Ready and Full HD is that HD Ready TVs are those TV sets that can display 720p or 1280×720 pixels images while on other hand Full HD are those TVs sets that are capable of running 1080p or 1920×1080 pixels videos.

What is HD Ready?

HD Ready are those TV sets that can display 720p or 1280×720 pixels images. It is a certification program that was launched in 2005 by European Information, Communication, and Consumer Electronics Technology Industry Associations (EICTA) that is now known by the name of DIGITALEUROPE. There are currently for types of HD TVs like HD Ready, HD TV, HD Ready 1080p, and HD TV 1080p. HD Ready are associated with integrated TV sets, computer monitors, and projectors displays that have certain capabilities to process and display HD source video signal. HD TV logo is awarded to those digital TVs that are capable of receiving and decoding high-definition broadcasts but pretty much simple TV.

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What is Full HD?

Full HD, FHD or BT.709 is a TV set that is capable of plying HDTV high-definition videos. Full HD are those TVs sets that are capable of running 1080p or 1920×1080 pixels videos. The term Full HD is used to describes a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, with a resolution of 1920×1080 (2.1 megapixel). In case of live broadcast applications, a HD progressive scan format working at 1080p at 50 or 60 frames/second is currently being evaluated as a future standard for moving picture acquisition. Now a days, Blu-ray Discs are capable of holding HD content. Smartphones having capacity of Full HD Display are also available in market since 2010. Moreover, several video websites like YouTube, are allowing to upload videos in the 1080p format. YouTube plays 1080p video at approximately 4 megabits/second as compared to Blu-ray disc that plays 30 to 40 megabits/second.

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Key Differences

  1. HD Ready is best to watch the HD cables while Full HD is best option to watch Blu-ray films, and video games on Xbox360 or PS3.
  2. HD Ready TVs are those TV sets that can display 720p or 1280×720 pixels images while on other hand Full HD are those TVs sets that are capable of running 1080p or 1920×1080 pixels videos.
  3. HD Ready has fewer pixels (720p) as compare to Full HD that has more pixels (1080p).
  4. A HD Ready display may appear less sharp than Full HD display that can be seen by increasing physical distance between the viewer’s eyes and TV set.
  5. The new Full HD sets use progressive scans that produces less flicker from the screen as compare to HD Ready.
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