AfterDawn: Glossary

HD Ready

Since 2005, a HD Ready label has been used in Europe by the CE industry. It was introduced by the European Information, Communications and Consumer Electronics Technology Industry Associations (EICTA). The HD Ready label serves to determine if a television set or other display device is capable of displaying a high-definition picture.

EICTA set some minimum requirements that a display device has to comply with to earn a HD Ready label. It should be noted that a HD Ready label doesn't guarantee a display device supports the full picture resolution possible from a HD source. The device itself might not have enough pixels to display the full picture from the source.

In order to qualify for a HD Ready label, a device must have a minimum native resolution of 720 lines in wide aspect ratio and it must accept high definition data via Analog YPbPr. This ensures that it is compatible with the majority of HD video sources currently on the market. It must also accept input through the DVI or HDMI interfaces in 720p (1280x720, 50hz or 60hz, progressive scan) and 1080i (1980x1080, 50hz or 60hz, interlaced).

One more requirement is that the DVI or HDMI input fully supports High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).


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