Monast Law Office - February 2019

Breaking Through the TV Terminology


When you shop for a new TV these days, you’re greeted with a bevy of acronyms and numbers —marketing terms you can’t make sense of. These are terms like 4K, HDR, and OLED, just to name a few. TV

Marketers decided to swap the vertical resolution as their reference point with the horizontal resolution, because higher numbers are more impressive, right? But 4K TVs seem to fall short of the moniker. Regardless, these TVs have improved color and image quality over standard HD, but you have to have devices — such as the PlayStation 4 Pro or a Blu-ray player — or services that output in 4K to take advantage of the boost in pixels. HDR High Dynamic Range, or HDR, is a type of image processing. When an image is processed, HDR is used to increase or decrease the luminosity of the image. It means bright whites, deeper blacks, and improved colors overall. It’s been used in photography for decades and in video since the 1990s. Most 4K TVs have built-in HDR processing, resulting in better color quality, which translates to better image quality overall. OLED Short for organic light-emitting diode, OLED TVs feature a microscopically thin layer of an organic compound that emits light when an electric current is introduced. Typical LED TVs rely on a backlight in order to produce a lit, visible image. These backlights take up space, resulting in a thicker TV. The major advantage of OLED TVs is they are incredibly thin and light, and they produce deeper blacks for an improved color and image quality.

makers leave it up to you to figure out what these terms mean. Well, look no further. We’re going to cut through the marketing speak and get to the point. Here’s what today’s popular TV marketing terms really mean. 4K The TV buzzword “4K”has replaced “HDTV”and “1080p”as the go-to marketing term. In short, it’s a reference to the number of pixels on the screen. Standard high-definition TVs (1080p) have a vertical resolution of 1,080 pixels and a horizontal resolution of 1,920. Here’s where it gets weird. 4K TVs have a vertical resolution of 2,160 pixels with a horizontal resolution of 3,840.

DIANE MORRIS Becoming a nurse is one of the most selfless acts a person can undertake. In a society of so many races, cultures, customs, and beliefs, nurses are a universal gift to all, and the dedicated work they do and kindness they deliver daily should serve as a reminder of the fundamental humanity inside us all. Our client Diane Morris is a delightful and resilient person with a servant’s heart. Many years ago, she dropped out of high school following her junior year (at age 15, so you know she’s whip-smart!) to pass her GED and enter nursing training. After becoming an LPN, she worked 35 years as a nurse and surgical tech at Dayton’s Osteopathic Hospital (known now as Grandview Medical Center). After an autoclave flooded, leaving a soapy water solution on the tile floor, she slipped and fell, injuring her back, tearing the medial meniscus in her left knee and the rotator cuff in her left shoulder. But, like the energizer bunny, she kept on going. As C.S. Lewis observed, “Hardships often prepare people for an extraordinary destiny.” Following her initial knee surgery soon after her fall, she returned to work — for 23 more years! She inspired her colleagues and patients by continuing to work through two more knee surgeries, two extensive shoulder surgeries, and chronic radiating back pain until her increasingly debilitating physical condition caused the hospital to medically

retire her at age 71 from the profession she loved. She led by example for others discouraged by their own injuries.

Granted permanent total disability by the Industrial Commission several years ago, Diane remains active with many hobbies such as painting, exercising, and reading. After last month’s newsletter, she even sent me more than half a dozen book recommendations! Thanks, Diane!


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