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When you're shopping for HDTV, pay attention to whether your TV is a "monitor." A true high-definition television has a tuner built in to receive HDTV channels. Monitors, sometimes called HDTV receivers, require outside tuners to make them work.
A monitor may be the best solution if you're looking for HDTV deals. It may also give you the best flexibility if you know you're going to buy a larger screen or a better home theater system eventually.
Knowing the difference, however, can help prevent unpleasant surprises. Some buyers purchase monitors thinking they've found a cheap HDTV, only to find that they have to make another purchase before they can enjoy the best picture quality.