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    Is 1080p worth it?

    Looking at buying a ~50" HDTV. I see that 1080p is roughly $800 more than 760P. Is it worth it?



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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    Yes it is I think so. I have a 50" 720p tv and I can notice the squares in the fast moving objects on tv. I believe it has to do with the tv's refresh rate and can't keep up with the rapid changing of the picture. However, when I watch it on 1080p I don't notice this as much if any at all.



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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    Ehhh...to 99.9% of the population, 720P and 1080p are not distinguishable.



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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    I actually thought ESPN and ABC and a lot of sports station broadcast in 720P. Maybe I thought wrong though.



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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by scottie33 View Post
    Yes it is I think so. I have a 50" 720p tv and I can notice the squares in the fast moving objects on tv. I believe it has to do with the tv's refresh rate and can't keep up with the rapid changing of the picture. However, when I watch it on 1080p I don't notice this as much if any at all.
    If you're watching it on 2 different tv's that's not really a fair comparison, too many variables. I assume you're talking about blu-ray since that's about the only thing that even uses 1080p, watching blu-ray on 720p there really shouldn't be a noticeable difference, if there is then something else is probably the cause.


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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    I actually thought ESPN and ABC and a lot of sports station broadcast in 720P. Maybe I thought wrong though.
    No TV is shown in 1080p, most are going to be 720p, some will be 1080i too I believe, but none is 1080p.


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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    I actually thought ESPN and ABC and a lot of sports station broadcast in 720P. Maybe I thought wrong though.
    Most braodcast limits are up to 1080i. The only thing that goes to 1080P is blue ray. That being said though, 1080i is better than 720 or lower. I went with 1080P and love it. Once tv programming catches up to the tv capabilities it should be even better.


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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    Don't get a tv. Get a projector! That's the way to go. Why have a 50 inch big screen when you can have a 106 inch screen that is HD?



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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by shildreth View Post
    Most braodcast limits are up to 1080i. The only thing that goes to 1080P is blue ray. That being said though, 1080i is better than 720 or lower. I went with 1080P and love it. Once tv programming catches up to the tv capabilities it should be even better.
    DishNetwork now has 1080p Dish-on-Demand.



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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    From what I read when I was looking that is it determines on the viewing distance, if you are going to be more then 6 or so feet away from the TV it is not noticeable at all



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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    From what I read when I was looking that is it determines on the viewing distance, if you are going to be more then 6 or so feet away from the TV it is not noticeable at all
    Depends how big the TV is.

    1080p Does Matter - Here's When (Screen Size vs. Viewing Distance vs. Resolution) Ľ CarltonBale.com

    "What the chart shows is that, for a 50-inch screen, the benefits of 720p vs. 480p start to become apparent at viewing distances closer than 14.6 feet and become fully apparent at 9.8 feet. For the same screen size, the benefits of 1080p vs. 720p start to become apparent when closer than 9.8 feet and become full apparent at 6.5 feet. In my opinion, 6.5 feet is closer than most people will sit to their 50" plasma TV (even through the THX recommended viewing distance for a 50" screen is 5.6 ft). So, most consumers will not be able to see the full benefit of their 1080p TV."



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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    with a tv that big, i think you will see a difference. I believe with 720- there are 1 million pixels, with 1080 there are twice as many, so 2 million. With a 32-40 inch you would be able to tell as much, but the bigger screen you get, the bigger the pixels get. so I would go with the 1080, especially if youre gonna have this be your main tv for quite some time.


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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by scottie33 View Post
    Yes it is I think so. I have a 50" 720p tv and I can notice the squares in the fast moving objects on tv. I believe it has to do with the tv's refresh rate and can't keep up with the rapid changing of the picture. However, when I watch it on 1080p I don't notice this as much if any at all.
    This has absolutely nothing to do with 1080p vs 720p. In fact, the blocking in a 1080p signal at the same bitrate would be much, much worse.

    Blocking happens when the bitrate of the video can't keep up with the resolution of the video coupled with the demands of that particular piece of video. Moving images require more bits, and more resolution requires more bits as well.

    The TV's refresh rate has nothing to do with this. Too low of a refresh rate would show up as blurring, not blocking.

    Quote Originally Posted by cmoneyr View Post
    No TV is shown in 1080p, most are going to be 720p, some will be 1080i too I believe, but none is 1080p.
    DirecTV will have 1080p VoD, as well as some movies in 1080p in the next few months.

    Quote Originally Posted by shildreth View Post
    Most braodcast limits are up to 1080i. The only thing that goes to 1080P is blue ray. That being said though, 1080i is better than 720 or lower. I went with 1080P and love it. Once tv programming catches up to the tv capabilities it should be even better.
    720p actually has more information in it than 1080i, since 720p is delivering 720 progressive lines of video 30 times per second, while 1080i is only delivering 540 progressive frames (1080 interlaced ones) in that same amount of time. 99.9% of the population wouldn't be able to tell you the difference between 1080p and 720p on most televisions in most situations. It depends on the size of the TV, and viewing distance, but 1080p is overkill on anything less than a 50" set, IMO. 1080p Does Matter - Here's When (Screen Size vs. Viewing Distance vs. Resolution) Ľ CarltonBale.com

    edit: I should also add that most movies broadcast in 1080i can be displayed in true 1080p on TVs that can do 2:3 pulldown, since the original source material for film is 24fps.


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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    I have a1080p. I'll say this. CBS broadcasts in 1080i and CSI Miami is the best color on television. Golf on CBS is also much clearer due to 1080i. However, with football and other fast motion sports, I prefer the 720p of FOX. 1080i just doesn't broadcast the game as smooth. The field looks nicer, but the football doesn't.



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    Re: Is 1080p worth it?

    I doubt hardly anyone, if they were honest, could tell 1080P from 720P, or 1080i, if they didn't know what they were watching.
    Of course if you have spent the increased cost to buy a 1080P, you would talk yourself into how much better it looks , I know I
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