HD logos explained

Our no-nonsense guide to HD logos and what they mean

Finding your way through the High Definition maze needn’t be hard work. Here’s a handy guide to all the logos and what they mean.

What is HD?

High Definition lets you enjoy home entertainment in stunning quality. It gives you exceptionally clear, crisp pictures with vivid colours, superior audio and up to five times more detail than standard definition.

When you watch Blu-ray Disc™ movies, it’s almost like being at the cinema. But with so many logos, how do you know what they all mean?

HD Ready has a minimum resolution of 720 lines for displaying High Definition content.

It can accept HD video formats in 720p and 1080i, but may not display the full resolution from more advanced 1080p sources.

Images may distort slightly, so it’s not perfect but you still get amazing picture quality with Blu-ray Discs™, upscaled DVDs and PLAYSTATION®3 games.

HD Ready 1080p or ‘Full HD’ is the future. Its screen resolution meets the minimum requirements of HD Ready with the addition of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

It displays 1080i and 1080p content without distortion, which means you can choose a larger screen than your current TV (even if your room isn’t that big).

The finer detail means you can sit closer to a larger TV screen without seeing the individual pixels, so you can fully enjoy the next generation of home entertainment.

HDTV and Full HD

HDTV includes a digital tuner with your TV set. This means you can both receive and display HD content without adding a tuner box.

HDTV 1080p is the same as HDTV, but it can handle full HD resolution at 1920 x 1080 as well as 24p content.

Sony Gold Full HD is our way of helping you set up a High Definition world at home. All products with this logo meet the requirements of 1080p.

This means you can connect a TV to a Handycam®, Cyber-shot™, Blu-ray Disc™ player or PLAYSTATION®3 for the complete Full HD set up. So keep your eyes open for this logo and create your own High Definition experience.

1920 x 1080 HD Recording enables you to playback what you record on your widescreen High Definition TV in the same outstanding clarity and detail. While conventional HD Ready recordings have 1440 pixels in the horizontal direction, Full HD recordings have 1920.

So look out for this logo and make your home movies come to life in Full HD.

BRAVIA PhotoTV HD for Cyber-shot™ and Handycam® gives you a totally new viewing experience, one that combines the transparent clarity, colour and rich contrast of slide film with the big-screen impact of a slide projector.

From skin tones to waves on a beach, BRAVIA PhotoTV HD brings out radiant beauty in every detail, filling the room with luminous, high-resolution images that launch photography into a new dimension.

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