JVC and Telefunken TV distributor claims that it’s impossible to see the difference between Full HD and HD Ready

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Remember back in the day, when your TV had more junk in the trunk than a…trunk-thingy…with some sort of junk-like junk inside of it? It’s Thursday, please have mercy. Point is, I could never fathom going back to a TV resolution of 480p or 576i, as is the local PAL standard. Flatscreens were a gift from the heavens, TVs with better pictures, sharper results and crystal clear audio.

There’s always been a caveat to all of this however. While most TVs were sold as “Full-HD”, cheaper options were “HD-Ready”. The difference between the two? HD-Ready maxed out out at resolution of 1280 x 720p or 1366 x 768, which is high definition but not the highest definition around. Full-HD packs in the deficit with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 for a sharper result to the trained eye.

According to TV distributor Nu-World Industries however, most people can’t see that difference. If the name rings a bell, that’s because the distributor was rumbled a couple of weeks ago for mislabelling HD-Ready Telefunken and JVC TVs as Full HD devices. People were naturally livid and a recall was made for the devices. Mybroadband picked up on how one customer got some extra salt rubbed into their purchase, when Nu-World sent the following response back to them after a complaint was lodged:

There is no legislative standard that distinguishes HD from FHD. As a result, terms are used in different contexts without a universally accepted meaning.

Balderdash. Just about every other TV manufacturer around has a very definite definition as to what a Full HD TV is: A TV with a panel capable of a 1920 x 1080p resolution. While Nu World believes that customers aren’t capable of seeing the difference between resolutions, they’ve very much capable of spotting the difference between trusted brands and con artists after this fiasco.

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Last Updated: April 20, 2017

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  • I’ll stick to LG or Samsung thanks. I’ve been burned by JVC and Telefunken panels before

    • miaau

      JVC in SA and JVC in other parts of the world are not even the same products…..

      • Haha yeah dude. Thats was the same issue I had. I was looking for settings online and found one for the model I had (non smart TV) that had screenshots. The menus were completely different, but both had the exact same model number and production year.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    Well I have avoided them for a good reason it seems.

  • konfab

    Did you just assume the JVC TV’s resolution? Even after it explicitly tells you that it is HD? What sort of monster are you people for testing a TV’s resolution?

    This type of resolutionophobia is unacceptable for such a progressive website.

  • BakedBagel

    This is like when a dev tries to tell you that there is no difference between 30 and 60 fps

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    lol. Weasel words.

  • Original Heretic

    TOTAL bullshit. I saw the difference right away when I went from HD ready to Full HD with my PS4.

    • miaau

      As a TV: We have, in the bedroom, a HD Ready 32 inch LED TV and the in the TV room a much bigger, Full HD (not more) TV, also LED.

      Nah, for most TV watching, Netflix Streaming and stuff, we hardly notice a difference EXCEPT in some of the colour clarity, the cheaper 32 inch seems to show certain colours brighter than the same image on the Samsung in the TV room.

      BUT for games on my Xbox One — Full HD all the way, text in games looks better, for example. Just generally, hard to pin-point, but just better

      • Original Heretic

        If the TV signal isn’t HD, you won’t see a difference when watching normal TV.

        • miaau

          Streaming netflix and stuff, it auto-scales so well, that when our line was nearly dead last year, limping at latency and speeds you would not believe, youtube not working, Netflix on Web browser not working, but netflix on TV and Xbox with apps? Working. Sometimes you could see a bit blocky, but with sub 1mbs speed and latency of near a 1000ms to the states, it STILL managed to display watchable shows. Impressive, apps for TV and Xbox One, from Netflix.

          And Netflix streams stunning full HD

  • miaau

    Yeah, but I still remember that Samsung (or LG?) had, at Christmas, a display of a product called something like “Super Ultra Full HD TV.”, for like R265 000 Yeah.

    I still remember Gavin also made a comment about the naming, as the superlatives just cannot keep being added to product names

    • Original Heretic

      They start sounding like anime super moves.

      “Super Mega Ultra Omega HD Blast!”

      • Deceased

        “Super Mega Ultra Omega HD Blast!”

        “… Now in Orange Burst” ?

  • How dare you say 30fps is the same as 60fps!

  • JVC sales gonna get a hurt real bad. As for telefunken, just that name should be enough for you to know to stay away.

    • MonsterCheddar

      Which is weird, because in the old days (early 80’s) when the old TV’s Still had those wood finish boxes. Telefunken and Blaupunkt was the shit.

      My gaming TV is a Telefunken and is fucking awesome. Kicks out 1080P.

  • Deceased






    oh this is funny 😀

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