Glossary

Alternate Channel Recall

Quickly return to the last channel you were watching. Use the RECALL key to change between programs or ballgames.

Analog

Commonly refers to the current NTSC transmission standard for televisions.

Aspect Ratio

This term describes the ratio of the width to the height of a TV screen independently of the screen size (x units wide by x units high). Screen width to height proportions can be adjusted. The 16:9 ratio Wide-screen gives the viewer a full picture of movies and broadcasts, rather than a normally cropped picture in the 4:3 ratio.

ATSC

Advanced Television Systems Committee (digital standards committee).

Auto Clock

Automatically sets current time from PBS station's XDS Program Information signal.

Audio Video Jack Pack

Use the Input jacks to directly connect your video equipment using A/V cables for a better quality picture. Use the Output jacks to connect a stereo system for improved sound.

Auto Channel Programming with Nonvolatile Channel Memory

As you first switch-on the TV, this feature will automatically scan through each channel to determine if a signal is being received. This will create a Channel Scan List of all active channels that you can easily access using the CHANNEL up/down keys. The memory for the list of active channels is not affected by any power loss.

Auto Shut-off

If a signal is not present at the 75ohm RF antenna terminal for more than 15 minutes, the TV chassis is designed to automatically switch-off. This is a customer safety feature, when you are not watching TV.

Bandwidth

The range of frequencies assigned to a broadcast channel. A TV channel is 6 MHz wide.

Bass and Treble Controls

Separate on-screen controls provide for a wide range of Bass and Treble sound adjustments.

Clock

The time-of-day Clock appears on the screen whenever you change channels or press the DISPLAY key.

Component Video Input (Y-Pb-Pr / R-L)

Five-connector input takes advantage of DVD and other high definition signal sources. Video signal is divided into three separate elements; red, blue and luminance( image brightness) with dedicated Audio (R/L) jacks. Superior to both composite and S-video because it delivers a quality picture, great resolution , color accuracy and less color bleeding.

Closed-Caption with "QuikCap"

The TV will decode standard Closed-Captioning signals (CaptionVision) in normal and text modes. The "QuikCap" function allows you to quickly switch on the Captions (if available) whenever they press the MUTE key. For example: you are watching TV, the phone rings, and you mute the volume to answer the phone; "QuikCap" switches-on captions so you won't miss any of the action.

Comb Filter

This added circuitry helps produce clearer, more detail-perfect color pictures. Also provides sharper, high-resolution pictures while eliminating "dot crawl."Front Surround Sound An audio enhancement feature that improves the movie theatre-like sound and adds to the stereo effect with a wall of sound.

Dolby® Digital (Formally known as Dolby AC-3)

A 5.1 channel (Front L/R, Rear L/R, Center, and Bass) surround sound audio standard for digital television.

Down-converting

A process for decreasing the number of pixels in an image. Frame rate and/or scanning format may also change. Broadcasters may use this process to make room in their bandwidth for additional services.

DTV (Digital Television)

Comprises three elements, HDTV, EDTV, and SDTV

DVI (Digital Video Interface)

Designed to accommodate both analog and uncompressed digital video signals with a single connector.

EDTV

Enhanced Definition Television (480p).

FAV (Front A/V Input)

A/V Input Jacks on TV front for easy access and hookup of video games and equipment.

FULL HDTV

Denotes resolution of 1080p, ...1080 lines progressively scanned from top to bottom of the screen

"Game Mode"

Used to enhance Video Games, this preset selection will automatically set the picture and sound controls for intense viewing and listening.

Headphone Jack

Enjoy Video Games or your favorite program without disturbing others. The stereo Headphone Jack is conveniently located on the front panel.

HDCP

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection. A means of protecting copyrighted digital entertainment content.

HDMI

High Definition Multimedia Interface. HDMI is a new standard digital connection between A/V devices, such as a set-top box, DVD player or A/V receiver, and a digital television. HDMI offers exceptional video and audio quality with a single quick-disconnect connector. HDMI supports multi-channel digital audio transmissions and component video color spacing for true rendering of high-definition video. It supports the HDCP protection standard, allowing transmission of copy-protected digital content to your display.

HDTV

High Definition Television (1080i & 720p)

Initial Channel Setting

You can set-up a channel that will be selected each time the TV is switched-on. This is useful when you frequently use one particular channel. For example: when connected to a VCR, Satellite System, Cable Box, or Video Game. The Initial Channel is set using the menu system and can be switched on and off without resetting the selected channel.

Interlaced Scanning

You can set-up a channel that will be selected each time the TV is switched-on. The process of scanning two fields of video then combining (interlacing) them to make one frame...

Letter Box

A wide-screen 16:9 aspect ratio image displayed on a 4:3 aspect ratio screen. Black borders will appear at the top and bottom of the screen (image fails to fill screen vertically). Cinematic Wide-Screen DVD movies in their original 1:85/1 format ratio will have black bars at the top and bottom even on a 16:9 ratio Wide-screen TV. As stated on most Wide-Screen DVD covers, this is normal.

MTS Stereo Sound with SAP and dbx noise reduction circuitry

This improved audio system reproduces a true (right/left) high-fidelity stereo sound with reduced noise interference. The third track allows you to hear secondary audio programs (a second language, weather reports, etc.) when available. MTS is Multichannel Television Sound and SAP is Secondary Audio Program.

Multicasting

The division of a station's broadcast signal into sub-channel s of programming or data services...

"Moonlight" Universal/Multimedia Remote Controls with Glow Keys

These multi-function universal remote controls have Glow keys that glow-in-the-dark helping you locate the larger, main function keys or the remote itself. LED Mode keys light-up each time any key is pressed to give you a positive indication of which equipment the remote is operating. These comfortable universal remotes allow you to control your TV plus many other TVs, DVD players, VCRs and cable boxes, eliminating the confusion associated with multiple remotes.

NTSC

National Television Systems Committee (analog standards committee).

OSD

On Screen Display...

Pillar Box

A 4:3 aspect ratio image displayed on a 16:9 ratio screen. Black borders appear at the sides of the screen (image fails to fill screen horizontally).

PIP (Picture-in-Picture)

Watch two programs at once! Keep track of two shows or ballgames with the touch of a button. A VCR or second video source is required. Picture-in-Picture also allows you to watch a program and monitor VCR recording simultaneously. The LOCATION key will position the Picture-in-Picture window in any corner of the main screen. The SWAP key will switch the Picture-in-Picture and main screen programs. The QUIKFREEZE key will pause the action in the Picture-in-Picture window. The SELECT key will choose the Picture-in-Picture signal source: the TV tuner or the A/V input jacks.

Postage Stamp

This term is used to describe a 4:3 aspect ratio image that the broadcaster has up-converted to a 16:9 aspect ratio image, then displayed on a 4:3 aspect ratio screen. Black borders appear at the top, sides, and bottom of the screen (image fails to fill screen both vertically and horizontally). (See Zoom definition below.)

Progressive Scan

The process of scanning lines sequentially… One field produces one frame.

Preset Selections for Picture and Sound adjustments

When adjusting the picture and sound you can choose from Sports, Movies, or News. The preset selections will automatically set the controls for the best viewing and listening. Manual adjustments are always possible if you prefer.

PSIP

Program and System Information Protocol is a collection of tables designed to operate within every transport stream for DTV broadcasts. PSIP includes instructions advising TVs that a change is about to occur and where virtual channel programming can be found.

Pulse Code Modulation (PCM)

This is a binary digital signal format used for digitizing analog data.

Reset key for picture, sound and feature adjustments

By pressing the RESET key twice you can clear all adjustments and features, just as the TV was set when it left the factory. The TV will also reprogram all available channels into memory.

Remote Controls with Glow keys

All remote controls have Glow keys that glow-in-the-dark after being exposed to light, helping you locate the larger, main function keys or the remote itself.

SDTV

Standard Definition Television (480i)...

Set-Top Box (STB)

A device that receives and converts signals for display on a television screen or monitor (can be digital or analog). Many digital STBs have cable and off-air tuners.

Simulcast

A broadcast station simultaneously broadcasting the same program on an analog channel and a DTV channel…This is required by the FCC during the transition from analog to digital.

Sleep Timer

If you like to doze by the TV, this feature allows you to program the TV to fall asleep with you. The timer can be adjusted from 30 minutes to 3 hours and the TV will switch-off after the set time delay expires.

Spectrum

A continuous band of frequencies...

S/P DIF

S/P DIF is a digital audio format that can transmit a Dolby Digital bit stream. By connecting this output to an AV receiver that includes a Dolby Digital decoder, the TV can reproduce up to 5.1 channels of surround sound. S/P DIF can also transmit PCM audio.

"Starlight" Universal/Multimedia Remote Controls with Backlit and Glow Keys

These multi-function universal remote controls have Backlit keys that light-up when pressed, helping you find the keys. The larger, main function Glow keys will glow-in-the-dark and the LED Mode keys light-up each time any key is pressed to give you a positive indication of which equipment the remote is operating. You can control many other TVs as well as satellite systems, DVD players, VCRs, and cable boxes eliminating the confusion associated with multiple remotes. Upgraded features include: Guide and Enter keys for satellite systems, larger VCR keys with added tracking keys.

Surround Sound (Front)

This feature adds another dimension to the acoustic experience and helps to improve the movie-theater like sound.

S-Video Input Jack

This video input is perfect for connecting a DVD player, DSS, or Super-VHS VCR for a high-resolution picture.

Terrestrial Broadcasts

An over-the-air broadcast to an antenna...

Trilingual Menu System

The on-screen menu system can be displayed in three languages: English, Spanish, and French.

Tuner Indicator

The letters "D," "C," or "DC" will appear directly to the left of the channel number: Off-air channels selected with the digital (DTV) tuner will have the prefix "D." Channels selected with the analog (NTSC) tuner will either have the prefix "C" (analog cable channels) or will be blank (for terrestrial, VHF/UHF channels). ClearQAM digital cable channels will have the prefix "DC."

Tuner Key

This key is used to toggle from one tuning system to another, digital channels and analog channels.

Up-converting

A process for increasing the number of pixels in an image (may include changing the frame rate and scanning format). Additional pixels are inserted between existing pixels in an attempt to simulate HDTV. This process does not increase the resolution.

Variable/Fixed Audio Output

Accessible through Menu, it allows viewer option of controlling or muting home theatre audio volume using television remote.

Velocity Scan Modulation

Additional circuitry controlling the picture display for clearer, sharper transitions between light and dark areas.

V-Guide Parental Control

This feature is a function of the Violence Chip and part of the XDS technology. Movies can be restricted according to the MPAA Ratings. TV programs can be restricted according to age rating and/or content, including children's programs. Individual programs are blocked as rating information is received and decoded.

Virtual Channel

Channels broadcasted with major and minor information contained in the PSIP package. The number of virtual channels a broadcaster can send depends on the resolution of the programming.

Wide-Screen

Used to describe a 16:9 or greater aspect ratio. 16:9 is the standard aspect ratio for HDTV programming. Movies screens are sometimes slightly wider (often closer to 2:1).

XDS Program Information

Extended Data Service. Information related to the selected program is transmitted along with the audio and video (VBI) signals. The information can include many items. However, the program providers, local stations and cable companies have control of how much information is included with the broadcast. The XDS Program Information is useful when you would like to know the program title and station identification, if available.

XS-Stereo Sound

This type of audio system is a pseudo or Quasi-stereo sound. The circuitry can decode an MTS signal and reproduce right and left sound, but with a lower grade of separation. The system cannot produce a true (2 track, R/L) stereo sound or secondary audio program.

Zoom

Enlarges center of the image. For instance, if you have a postage stamp image shape, press this key on your remoter control to enlarge the image.