What’s the difference between a Commercial Display and a TV?

Posted by Sam Stone
Notice Vertical and Horizontal Mounts of Commercial Displays

Televisions and Commercial Display may look the same…but there is more than the price that separates the two.

In this article, we’ll talk about the two main differences between televisions and commercial displays.

When comparing the two, there is more functionality in television than a commercial display. We like to use the analogy of a TV as a complete system in one little package. A Commercial Display is a part of a more extensive system. 

Televisions are designed for just that, viewing TV, so you can unbox them, plug them in, and start watching Blu-ray or streaming services.

Commercial displays are built more for an office/business setting where environments may be diverse. Like, higher temperatures in a kitchen or loading docks. Greater exposure to dust or grease, etc. Examples of use are, lobby areas or waiting rooms, digital signage, way-finding kiosk, menu boards in restaurants, and large conference rooms.

Display Brightness

Many of the newer TV’s have settings for different viewings, like theater, sports, etc., but the brightness on a TV will dim over time. Commerical displays will not dim, in fact, they are designed to stay as bright in full daylight as they are in the dark with auto-adjust sensors.

Write this down.

Have you ever been in a meeting and needed to make a note of something said or shared? New boards being installed in conference rooms allow note-taking and overlay features of a presentation. Thus, eliminating the need for people’s heads to be looking down, taking notes, instead of looking at the display. Take a look.

Do fewer functions mean a lower cost product?

Comparative costs of the same size TV and Commercial Display is typically 50%, even 100% higher in a commercial display.

Why? If Television has more functionality, why would it cost less? The reason? Features don’t equate to quality and the expected operating hours of each.

The design of a Television is for viewing hours of approximately 4 hours per day, whereas some Commercial Displays are designed to run 24/7/365. The quality of components commercial screens need is significantly higher than TV.

What’s the difference?


4 Hours (Avg Viewing/Per Day)

Viewing TV

Screen Burn

1 year warranty


Brightness up to 250 Nits

Not brighter in daylight

Price between $250 – $9,000

Commercial Display


Viewing Created Content

No Screen Burn

3 year warranty

On-site service

Brightness up to 2000 Nits

Brighter in daylight

Price between $500 – $20,000

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