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TV Terms Explained

Got your eye on a new TV but confused by the technology and acronyms you’re faced with every time you click through to a page or visit a store? We’ve deciphered all the tech talk for you, so you’ll know an LCD TV from an LED TV, OLED TV and even a QLED from now on. Not only will that impress your friends, but it will help you big time when you’re buying a TV in Australia.

So what's the difference?

The first thing you’ll notice when you’re buying a TV in Australia is how many options there are. Don’t be dismayed, because they all offer something different, which means lots of choice and great value.

  • LED TV - An LED TV is backlit by Light-Emitting Diodes, which gives you greater contrast, more colours and a higher refresh rate. These TVs are often advertised by big brands as LED LCD TVs because they’re very similar to their home entertainment siblings.
  • LCD TV - LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. A liquid crystal layer fits between two polarized bits of glass. It’s also backlit but uses a different light system to an LED. These TVs won the Plasma vs LCD TV wars back in the day, and it’s easy to see why.
  • OLED TV - Think LED but add Organic. An OLED TV produces colour and light without back or edge lighting. Electric current passes through a carbon-based film to create light. There are plenty of TV features with an OLED TV.
  • QLED TV - Uses a Quantum dot Light- Emitting Diode. The dots emit their own light in various colours. So, if colour, anti-glare and display technology are important to you, think QLED.

Know what the screens mean

When you’re looking for the best new TV for you and your family, after price, screen resolution is usually high up on your list. Working out what each term means doesn’t have to be too complicated. Here’s a quick list to help you buy a TV online or instore at JB.

  • HD TV - High Definition is often called Standard HD, which has an image resolution of 720p, about 1 million total pixels. HD is a high-quality step up to any retro TV.
  • Full HD TV - Full HD, or Full High Definition, is what used to be known as 1080p, and has about 2 million pixels in their HD display.
  • 4K Ultra HD - A 4K TV and an Ultra HD TV are pretty much the same thing. The 4K resolution is about 8 million pixels. It makes any movie or TV series jump out of the screen.
  • 8K TV - This is the top of the best new TV range, with about 33 million pixels.

Screen resolution and screen quality are all about the number of pixels. However, any good guide to buying a TV should tell you a higher screen resolution doesn’t always mean a better picture. There are other things to consider, including:

  • Contrast ratio - The difference between the bright and dark bits of a TV.
  • High Dynamic Range - HDR formats are content (movies or TV series) that has a higher contrast ratio.

Find the best new TV for you

When you buy a TV in Australia, you’ll come across three main options - an LED LCD TV, an OLED TV or QLED. We’ve got a big range of all types at JB, and they each offer some impressive technology and picture quality.


  • Backlit
  • Greater contrast
  • Lots of colours
  • High refresh rate
  • Great black levels
  • Big value


  • Newer technology
  • No backlighting
  • Higher response time
  • Better contrast and black and colour definition
  • Colours are clear and vibrant no matter where you're sitting
  • Lighter and thinner
  • Ideal for home theatres


  • Quantum dot technology means added brightness, making these TVs perfect for bright rooms
  • Impressive contrast and black level
  • Vivid colour
  • Mre options on the market at the moment
  • Lots of size flexibility

What's a Smart TV?

Most TVs sold today are Smart TVs, which adds a heap of extra value to your home entertainment. Whether you’re after an LED TV, LCD TV, OLED TV or QLED TV, buying a TV in Australia means being able to choose from a big range that includes connectedness as just one of their impressive features. With just the click of a remote, Smart TVs allow you to:

  • Connect to the internet
  • Stream TV shows and movies
  • Watch YouTube
  • Connect with Chromecast
  • Use Apps
  • Connect your home