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Digital TV Certification

by freebmonster / December 25, 2008 8:35 AM PST

I see that some LCD TVs are marked "DIGITAL TELEVISION CERTIFICATION: HDTV" and some are simply "NOT CERTIFIED". Could someone explain what this means? Even the ones that are not certified are 1080p HD TVs and receive digital signal over the air.

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Marketing gimmick??
by givemeaname / December 25, 2008 10:34 AM PST

I can't think of any other reason.

What websites are you looking at & what model tv?

For the most accuret info on a tv best to go direct to the manufacters website

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Digital Television Certification of Flat Panel Televisions
by JHCB3 / March 5, 2009 4:47 AM PST

Thanks for asking the DT Certification question - I have the same question myself and have not been able to locate an answer. Is there anyone who can provide one for us?

I am interested in the Toshiba Regza 52RV535U, which currently is available for only $1199 at Its 42" sibling received quite a good review from and was well-rated in this month's/March 2009 Consumer Reports issue on The Best Televisions. However, I noticed that CNET states the Toshiba RV535u series does not have the Digital Television Certification. I want to know what that means, and whether it matters in the end.

As far as the reviews I have found are concerned, for the money the Toshiba has a superior high-def picture with only minor settings tweaking, the perfect choice for the money for someone like me who does not need all of the bells and whistles/additional features. I just want the great high-def image at the best price, and if the lack of DT Certification is of consequence, I need to know in order to make an informed purchasing decision.

Any thoughts would be sincerely appreciated.

Thanks so much,


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Marketing gimmick is all it is
by givemeaname / March 5, 2009 7:01 AM PST

DTV refers to OTA only & it does NOT deal with if the tv is HD or not, just that it has a ATSC turner so you can pick up OTA digtal stations, HD or not. Since mostly all tvs have a ATSC tuner is it a mute point, it's only on super small tv's (like under 22") or older tv's when you have to make sure.

DTV... deals with OTA only & digital OTA channels
HD ready.... HDtv with out a ATSC tuner
HDtv.... HDtv with built in ATSC tuner

OTA = over the air

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