The Quest for Higher-Def TV

New technology will sharpen and improve picture quality on flat-screen TVs
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 5:53 AM CST
Robert Wicinski, left, and a salesman, right, wheel Wicinski's new LCD television and laptop to his car on the opening day outside a new electronics super store on the outskirts of Warsaw, Friday, June...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – All the flat-panel TV technologies on the market—whether liquid-crystal or plasma—have picture-quality issues, the Wall Street Journal reports, but TV makers think they can do something about that, and use those tweaks to distinguish themselves in a crowded market. Improving picture quality has emerged as one of the hottest topics at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Journal says.

Look for breakthroughs that sharpen blurry action sequences in LCD sets  by doubling the "refresh rate," and the use of light-emitting diodes to increase contrast. Also in the works: programs that automatically switch between widescreen and standard aspect ratios without requiring consumers to make complicated adjustments.