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With a lot of TV types in the market now, buying a TV is quite a dilemma. The various names of television types available would sound like jargon to the common people. But before buying a TV for your home, it is necessary that you know what you need and what you will have to choose from.

So, today, we are going to be talking about TV types. We have made a short guide on various types of TV based on their technical aspects so that choosing a TV becomes hassle-free for you. In this article, we will break down the acronyms referring to each type of TV and explain what it means and how it is different from the rest.

So, let’s begin from the beginning with CRT TVs.


CRT or Cathode Ray Tube is nothing but that classic old chunky television set that has graced most of your houses for years before the sleek designs were born. A CRT TV has a boxy design with the screen and projector gun fit inside it. The process is pretty vintage. To create an image, electrons are fired through the projector gun onto a screen. Particles on the screen are excited and form the images. However, you might not find these TV types in the market anymore. Also, Read: HDR vs UHD - Which is Better?


Short for Liquid Crystal Display, LCD TVs have sleek designs with thin displays. They are very commonly found in laptops and in TV screens as well. In an LCD, there is a special flat panel that either blocks light or allows it through. Liquid crystals fill each block that makes up the segments of the panel. The adjustment of electrical current can control the colour and transparency of the LCD panel’s blocks. In LCD TV types, an external source of light is necessary to produce images as LCD are not luminant on their own.

Plasma TV

Plasma TVs have an interesting build. Ir consists of two glass sheets holding a mixture of gases in between them. They are called Plasma TVs because the gases in between the screens are stored in plasma form at the time of manufacturing. Upon supplying electricity, the gases react and light up in the pixels.

When it comes to display effects like contrast and colour, Plasma TVs are far more superior than LCD and LED TVs. But the cost is high cp,  compared to other TV types and it is mostly preferred for large screens for which it is relatively affordable.

 Also, Read: Is this the best time to buy TV


LED or Light Emitting Diodes is an upgrade of the older LCD screens. So, it is not exactly a new TV type. The technology used is the same except for the lighting. In LED TVs, there are light-emitting diodes that light up the screen unlike the fluorescent bulb in LCD TVs. This makes LED TVs narrower than LCD screens. LED TVs may be either Direct-Lit or Edge-Lit, depending on where the array of LEDs are arranged.

Right now, LED TVs are the most popular and in trend as they are cost-effective, versatile and compact. However, the image quality in LEDs is not the best available. 


A huge advancement in screen technology, OLED TVs are the latest. They are, however, not like LED TVs.

The acronym for ‘Organic Light Emitting Diode’, OLED TVs produce light from ‘organic’ sources like carbon upon giving direct current. OLED screens don’t need a backlight to light up like the LED/LCD TVs do. This makes OLED TVs extremely thin, compact and flexible in design. The display quality is also far greater than the LED and LCD TV types. 

Although OLED TVs are sleeker, faster and display crisper images, they are more expensive than the other TV types like LCD and LED.

So, we hope we have helped to overview the main TV types for you. Now that you know what kind of TV you wish to buy, you have to start on specifics like the preferred size and various types of TV brands and the available options in the market. 

How long are you going to spend watching TV a day? Which TV type suits your home or office space best? Are you considering investing in a smart TV with all the digital entertainment streaming in? 

Let us know what you are looking for!


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