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Plasma screen televisions operate using digital television (DTV) standards for image reception and display. Familiarize yourself with these terms before purchasing a plasma screen television. DTV is a format that allows the broadcasting of high quality signals. The conventional system of broadcast, which was used by older televisions, is called NTSC. Currently the industry is switching over from NTSC to DTV, and soon you will need a television that supports DTV in order to do viewing of any kind.