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Digital TV Models 2011 – Features Explained This year has seen the introduction of new terminology from the four major suppliers describing features on their digital TVs. Labels styling such features as Motionflow XR800, Clear Motion Rate and Moving Picture Resolution have replaced the traditional 50Hz, 100Hz and 200Hz refresh labeling - much the same as when the industry did away with the millisecond response time labeling a few years back. The introduction of Smart TV has seen an array of feature descriptions stickered on the screens displayed on the show room floor - from Built in Wi-Fi, Skype, Video on Demand, Viera Connect, Bigpond TV to Your Video and Search All. Other common features include Passive 3D, Active 3D, Opti-Contrast Panel, USB Recording, Time Machine Ready and corner glass, to name a few. Features related to Motion Samsung - Clear Motion Rate Samsung has abandoned the traditional Refresh Rate measurement, and opted instead for a "Clear Motion Rate" label for each of their Series LEDs. Normally, we are used to being given a Refresh Rate, such as 100Hz, which only explains to the Refresh Rate of the screen. Samsung state that the Refresh Rate only forms part of the picture quality during fast scenes, where as Clear Motion Rate determines the motion of an image by using three factors: chipset, TV Panel and Backlight. Refresh rates only determine the number or frames drawn on the screen per second, while the clear motion rate reflects to the TV's ability to draw those frames correctly. Example - Samsung Series 8 LED has a Clear Motion 800 Rating, while the Series 7 LED has a Clear Motion 600 Rating. While the Refresh Rate is 200Hz on both models - the Series 8 has a superior chipset and backlight technology which results in fast motion scenes being clearer. Sony - Motionflow XR Similar to Samsung, Sony has this year provided a motion quality measurement as opposed to just the Refresh Rate. Sony State that their Motionflow technology creates smooth, detailed moving images for sports or action. Motionflow combines Image Blur Reduction, Frame Creation and backlight blinking technologies together. These three technologies combined are how Sony guages Motion performance from model to model. Example - Sony's HX820 range of LED has a Motionflow XR400 rating, while the HX925 LEDs have a Motionflow XR800 Rating. While the Refresh Rate is 200Hz on both models - the HX925 combines this with backlight blinking.