Typical HDTVs display video at 60 frames per second, also referred to as "60Hz." LCD TVs with 120Hz refresh rate double that rate to 120 video frames per second, usually by creating 60 new frames and inserting them between the original 60 frames. LCD models with 240Hz refresh rate double the frame rate again. Because each frame appears for a shorter time, on-screen motion looks smoother, with less blur. This improvement is especially noticeable when viewing fast-action sports and video games. Plasma TVs display very smooth motion without the need for faster refresh rates.
Virtually all new Internet-ready Smart TVs will let you watch movies, TV shows, or other video content streamed from the web. Preloaded or downloadable apps give you access to subscription services like Netflix, or on-demand services like Vudu or Amazon Video On Demand. Requires a connection to your broadband network.
Lets you connect to the Internet and watch movies, listen to music, and lots more. You can play movies from Netflix instantly, or listen to music at sites like Pandora. Different TVs offer different online options. All of these features require a high-speed Internet connection, and some services require a subscription.
The height of the flat-panel portion of the TV only, not including the pedestal stand; measured in inches.
The overall width of the TV, measured in inches.
TV Panel Depth
The depth of the flat-panel portion of the TV. Doesn't include the pedestal stand, but may include an allowance for the power cord. Measured in inches.