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From Bulky To Slender: Re-Defining the TV

By John Law - on 21 May 2013, 5:24pm

I may start to sound like an old man with this as an opening, but I remember when I was still much, much younger, I was quite genuinely brought up by a TV.

Take this TV and then, take it way back a decade or so in your mind. Yeah, that's the kind of TV I grew up with

My parents were toiling their hearts out (they still do, till this day. Bless them), as a young couple living in the 80's and we all know what that era was like: long hours, hard work and it was considered a norm to just about anyone that stepping all over someone else to get to the top was acceptable.

Anyway, I digress. So yes, I was brought up by the TV and the first TV I was ever placed in front of was a TV predating my time. It wasn't a black and white TV, heavens no, but you could tell how old it was just by the design of it. The first shows I ever watched on it were these old Hong Kong films filmed during the time. Pictures were grainy and the ever-prevalent static lines that used to plague our TVs made watching programs relatively annoying, but still bearable.

Years later in the 90's, I saw some of the same shows, but this time, it wasn't on just any old TV. This was the era where TVs were using flat screen technology with 540p resolution. Amidst the sea of televisions, one company stood out above the rest and that company was Sony.

Regardless of your allegiance, it was the Japanese tech conglomerate was the company that opened the flood gates for all the other TV manufacturing companies around the world. Just like how Apple's iPhone changed the smartphone landscape for the world, so too did Sony for the TV universe with the introduction of the flatscreen and their Trinitron technology. Years later, well into the new millennium, the world was once again changed by Sharp when they released the first flat panel LCD TV.

There's no such thing as "too much detail" in movies, especially when it comes to your favorite movie

Fast forward once more into present, and TVs have once again changed into an entity of which its predecessors are now a mere shadow of itself. TVs today are slender and extremely thin, their screens absolutely flat, their picture quality exceedingly clear, sharp and all in high-definition to the point that you can actually see the wrinkles and pores of a person's face. That's not the end of it either.

With the different companies, there are different technologies to each and everyone of them. Samsung, the Korean giant which went from being the underdog to the world's foremost authority for TVs and smartphones, developed their own TVs that come with a built-in processor and camera, wireless internet connectivity as well as screens that utilize the latest OLED (the “O” stands for organic) technology.

Even Sony has continuously stayed innovated, going beyond their current BRAVIA Engine 2 and introducing to the world their brand new TRILUMINOS technology; a TV screen technology which uses nanocrystals which produces a viewing experience that packs in even more detail than a standard High-definition TV would.

Mm...Can you say "Ultra High-definition" goodness?

Like all facets of technology, the one thing that remains clear is that the TV is going to keep on evolving. But some of you are asking: what is the next step of anticipation for technology? Well, for now, it's safe to say that Ultra High-definition technology is the next step for many of these tech giants.

John Law

John Law / Writer

A simple person by nature, this man enjoys his gadgets, video games and tea (he just won't shut up about the tea). Don't let the picture fool you. He may look big and scary, but he's a kind person deep down inside. Honestly though, we highly suspect it might be all that classical music and tea he's drinking.