Originally Posted by trem0lo
I would expect a HD broadcast would beat out even the best upscaled SD DVD. I caught the Pirates movie on USA the other night and indeed the PQ looked excellent, much better than any video upscaler available.
I'm enjoying my 23fd (just got it this morning) and the SD quality on my 50" is great, but definitely not HD quality.
Originally Posted by TommyV
There are so many variables in that situation that there is no way you could make such a sweeping generalization like that. Comparing the upscaled DVD in the 320 to another disc player would be much more relevant to this thread.
Oh, I don't know. I think as a generalization, one could presume that IF
the HD broadcast (as heavy-handed the compression is for current 1080i and 720p network content) were in fact derived from actual HD sources, that if would
be better than an SD DVD upscaled to (in particular) a 1080p display.
No matter how good the upscaling (my BDP-23FD does a great job - I am continually amazed at how good SD DVDs like CARS, LOTR and Harry Potter look), DVD-Video at 720x480 (with rectangular, not square pixels), even with a masterful, high bitrate encoding, is an inferior source to display on a HD screen. The upscaling and image processing algorithms may attempt generating detail which isn't there to fill in the additional pixels (a factor of 3x for 720p and 6x for 1080p), but stacked against true HD content even compressed for transport (much more for cable than broadcast), I'll opt for the broadcast version if raw PQ is the measure.
Again, this is only a general, generalization - not a "sweeping" one. Specific content, through what paths and equipment, just 'how much' better is better, extra features and convenience are all considerations.
But, TommyV, all that said - I do agree this particular 'which looks better' question is one for another thread.