Your TV in the 80s was made out of a giant hunk of glass with a device in the back of it firing laser beams in an attempted logical fashion to produce something resembling a visible image. The TV you have today is, most likely, a structure of 1000s of tiny boxes each one making one, specific, color and all work together to produce a specific image. It's the difference between at something through a blurry, dirty, window and looking directly at the object. Simple answer: TV in the 80s sucked, TVs today don't suck as much. That's difference between analog and digital, in analog the picture gets sort of washed out by the image trying to be produced along with everything else in it. Digital is trying to make something specific.