This Coloring Book Helps Children And Grownups Understand HDTV

Reader Andy sent us this great coloring book he made that helps explain high definition television to children, parents, and luddites.

One page illustrates the difference between standard definition 480p and HD 1080p by asking the reader to “take your crayon and draw 480 dots inside this TV,” then “take a different color crayon and draw 1,080 dots inside this HDTV.” Aha! Also included is a Blu-Ray maze; it took us a few tries to complete it, but we feel like we now have a better understanding of HDTV, 1080p versus 1080i, and upconverting.

Free Coloring Book – HD for Kids! [NonToxicReviews]


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  1. says:

    Draw your favorite eating disorder and you can see how HDTV effects how you perceive what you’re watching

  2. magic8ball says:

    [grammar snob] Should be “how burn-in affects what you’re watching,” not “effects what you’re watching.” Great concept, though. [/grammar snob]

  3. TechnoDestructo says:

    “Heidi the HD hippo?”

    That reminds me, when is Meet the Feebles coming out on blu-ray?


  4. goodkitty says:

    A for effort. D- for execution. I fail to see how the concepts are being communicated clearly, especially to a child with no prior knowledge of digital-anything. Just wait 5 more years, then they’ll know more about hacking your digi-whatnot than you.

    /Waiting for the first report of crayon on the expensive Kuro plasma thanks to this coloring book.

  5. This how-to seems to have left out a crucial step .

    Make your own DLP Projector Television!
    0. Get high. If you don’t know how, ask your parents.
    1. Draw a circle on a piece of cellaphane. Divide it into 3 equal pieces,
    color one section blue, another, green, and another red.
    2. Cut the end off on an old frozen orange juice can so you have a tube.
    3. Cut out the cellaphane circle and tape it to the end of the can. Place the open end over the head of a flashlight.
    4. Aim it at your mirror and spin the can. If you stare long enough, you’ll see a picture!

  6. rdldr1 says:

    Thats what you get for being an early adopter!! You are the guinea pig until the product’s glaring problem gets fixed.

    Newer plasmas no longer have the burn in problem – and they are a heck of a lot cheaper and weigh much lighter.

  7. ShadowFalls says:

    Wow.. not very accurate and really is misleading on the quality differences…

  8. ImCrying says:

    Burn-in only affects idiots who let it happen.

  9. Kaisum says:

    I gotta say that wasn’t really something I could see kids giving a rat’s ass about. A lot of reading, some confusing puzzles. Connect the HDMI ports? Let’s be realistic no kid knows what an HDMI port is. And the fact that the HDMI on the Xbox 360 isn’t labeled just lacks consistency.

    I laughed pretty hard at the words “Color me!” written over the hippo’s head.

  10. Kaisum says:

    Oh I forgot the amount of dots you have to put in those TVs. I don’t think that would interest a kid, they’d lose count and start crying. ;_;

  11. Alex Chasick says:

    @Michael Belisle: Awesome.

  12. brainswarm says:

    @ShadowFalls: You seem to be missing that it’s satire. It nails the feeling of many an educational coloring book pretty well. I just wish it were funnier.

  13. Cliff_Donner says:

    Oh sweet jesus, I just recently bought a video camera, and was nearly flummoxed between the dual definitions of “HD” as either being “high definition” or “hard drive.” Is there another meaning to the acronym “HD??” This Hippo is not helping me . . . .

  14. rdldr1 says:

    Harley Davidson
    Hilda Doolittle

  15. Not Alvis says:

    What, no CRTs? I’ve got a two-year-old and a four-year-old 30″ HDTV, and both are CRTs.

  16. PølάrβǽЯ says:

    @Cliff_Donner: Hard drive SHOULD be abbreviated as HDD, for Hard Disk Drive.

  17. TorrentFreak says:

    Am I the only one in the world that honestly sees very little difference between HDTV and Standard definition?

  18. ImCrying says:

    @TorrentFreak: Yes.

  19. sean77 says:

    @TorrentFreak: to a point

    I honestly can barely tell the difference between my 1080p upconverting DVD player and an HD show I downloaded on my 360. It has convinced me that bluray is not worth the money right now. (and this is on a 42″ 1080p hdtv).

    However, I can definitely tell the difference between 480p xbox and 720 or 1080p xbox.

  20. rdldr1 says:

    @TorrentFreak: Yes.

    If you cant tell the resolution difference between…

    High Def: 1920pixels x 1080pixels
    Standard Def: 704pixels x 480pixels

    …then you must be viewing a commercial for HDTV through your CRT standard definition TV, or you need to get your eyes checked.

  21. Trai_Dep says:

    Well, beats my method of teaching the neighborhood teenagers the advantages of HDTV. Sit them in front of the Bravia, drop a foot-high stack of Blu-Ray porn boxes in the middle of the room, then leave.
    -> The problem isn’t that learning is hard.
    –>The problem is finding the proper incentive!

    @TorrentFreak: A HUGE difference. If your jaw hasn’t dropped past your knees compared to NTSC, you’re doing something wrong. Try watching over-the-air channels that have a decimal point (4.1, not just “4”).
    Cable/Satellite signals have poor definition and require a more complicated hookup, so sometimes they’re a bad test.

  22. sean77 says:

    Here’s a site that shows comparisons of DVD versus HD

    Yes there’s a difference, but it’s not as huge as people say.

    The biggest problem I’ve found is that a lot of hdtvs have horrible scalers. If you’ve ever heard someone say that standard def looks horrible on their HDTV, it’s the result of truly awful scalers in their cut-rate hdtv.

    It’s like the difference between sizing an image on the web using width/height tags and resizing an image using bicubic scaling in photoshop.

  23. ShadowFalls says:


    So you are saying things that are educational do not need to be accurate? I know what the point is, just criticizing the implementation.

    Besides, any kid coloring that in isn’t going to be reading it anyways… So if anything, you just giving the parent who is watching, reading material… Which is still not accurate.

  24. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    I’m not sure why kids would really care at all about the technical aspects of HDTV. When I was a kid, the only thing I cared about was “When are the cartoons on???” Come to think of it, 25 years later, that hasn’t changed much.

    By the way, the FCC has a “Kid’s Zone” where you can visit with their lame mascot “Broadband,” a poorly drawn early 80’s anime-ish cat…you know, just in case the kids get tired of Heidi the HD hippo.

  25. Yeah, cuz it’s critically important that kids (who are at the stage in life when coloring is important to them) understand what HDTV is, what it stands for, and how it’s different than SDTV.

  26. Angryrider says:

    Yes, the children must know what’s so good about HDTV. Because cartoons in high def is the only way to watch them. And don’t you want to see Barney’s zipper or Elmo’s strings?

  27. stupidjerk says:

    By the logic of Gabe the Lego Fun Snack hater, we should ban this book because it will inspire children to draw on our tv screens

  28. brs928 says:


    IT’S A JOKE!!!!

    It could have been a little funnier, but this was not an attempt to actually teach children about HDTV. I got a few laughs, though.

  29. How do you avoid burn-in? That’s my one concern with buying plasma over LCD.

  30. Ausoleil says:

    Plasma burn-in is a thing of the past.

    Pioneer Electronics put plasma TVs to the test and had some pretty interesting results. They found that burn in can occur on modern plasma TVs but the condition is only temporary. They subjected plasma televisions to 48 hours of a video game on pause and found that there was indeed burn in. The really cool part about this is that to fix the burn in they simply played a movie on the display for 24 hours to clear the image.

    In real life none of us would ever leave our plasma display on for 48 hours with a paused video game image but it is nice to know that it will not mean the end of your TV!

    Link to the report: [] DTV White Paper – FINAL.pdf

  31. RvLeshrac says:


    That’s a lie. A customer bought a brand-new, fresh-off-the-truck plasma a few months ago, before CNN figured out that a static logo was a bad idea… he now has it burned into his TV.

    Some plasma TVs have a feature that detects a still image and shifts it in and out of phase to fix this, but not all of them. For the most part, though, as Ausoleil said, this is temporary – but it isn’t ALWAYS temporary.

  32. Balisong says:

    My parent’s hdtv has a slight burn-in already (a vertical line running down the right side), and they haven’t even had it for a year yet! There’s really no excuse for it – it’s not that difficult to avoid. My mom simply watches too much tv and never put the screen on widescreen, even when the program showing was a widescreen program!! And there’s been a couple of nights I’ve come downstairs and noticed the tv was on while the cable box was off, letting the minimal light from the tv burn into the screen for 8 consecutive hours.

    I really have no point here – just felt like ranting.

  33. TVarmy says:

    @sean77: I refuse to see the difference for how much it costs. If I really want hi-def, I’ll watch it on my computer monitor. Otherwise, I’m relaxing on the couch, where I’m taking a break and I’m not really in the mood to waste calories “focusing my eyes” like a sucker.

  34. Taydin says:

    I love the part about viewing “old TV shows on an HD TV” Especially the following line “Most cable providers offer duplicated of favorite stations in an HD format. If not, it’s because they’re old and dumb.”

  35. mphuie says:

    Plasma burn in isnt an issue. I’ve left static images of the PS3 menu for hours on end, and while there is burn in, you play any game or video content and it’s gone within seconds. This is on a 2+ year old Plasma.

  36. Rayzincrisp says:

    @TorrentFreak: No. Really, I’m not sure if it is really not a big difference, or I just don’t care about having the extra clarity. I have been happy with 480p TV for a very long time. Whenever I go into Best Buy and look at the HD TVs next to the standard definition TVs, I am not impressed, and I definitely don’t think it is worth the money.

  37. Sian says:

    Nooooo not Comic Sans!

  38. drywaller79 says:

    @TorrentFreak: I agree to a point. The difference isn’t as mind blowing as the marketing suggests, but it is nice to have. I’d say if you are a big home theater guy and have the extra few dollars, go for it. Sean 77 has a good example right there of the differences between HD vs DVD. A good Blu Ray player is the PS3 and is relatively low priced for a Blu Ray player as well. Also if you play XBox 360 or PS3 games, HDTV is almost necessary; sometimes the letters are too hard to read on an SD. My take on the thing

  39. rdldr1 says:

    @RvLeshrac: Wow your customer must have bought a crappy Wal-Mart close-out plasma TV and then let it run CNN for days on end. Burn in shouldn’t be problem unless the customer misuses the TV, and didnt bother to calibrate it.

  40. RvLeshrac says:

    Late again…


    $2500 Panasonics don’t usually see the inside of a Wal-Mart.

    And there’s a reason CNN changed their logo to the little slightly-wavy out-of-phase deal.

    Calibrating the TV has nothing at all to do with burn-in.