Originally Posted by JimmyDaves
I don't understand what you're saying either.
You're saying that "a 720P tv must downconvert a 1080i signal". Is that part correct?
How can a tv with the higher resolution "downcovert" a 1080i signal? The 720P television has more resolution than the 1080i signal.
ok, I admit, I was a lil confusing on that post, I was in a rush and didnt work it properly..... Bottom line is, 720P HD sets do not display 1080i signals at all. You try to send a 1080i signal to the 720p TV and you will get lines and etc, basically no picture. next thing, get off the mindset the 720P tvs have more resolution that 1080i TVs, they dont!! if they did, wouldnt they be able to display a 1080i signal since in your theory, 720p is higher, which means a pciture? TO proove my point here, go into a store here in the valley to a 720P set, then go to a 1080p set since there really isnt anymore 1080i sets. Try and have the salesman send a 1080 signal to the 720 tv, and see what you get... NOTHING! SO what has to happen, is if/when you get into the setting of the HD box from TWC, you have to set the output resloutions to everything EXCEPT 1080, or what i would do is just set to only one output format, which in this case would be 720p, dont check the 480i or 480p options, JUST the 720p. What this does is tell the box to only send a 720p signal to the TV everytime no matter what channel you are on! So if you were to tune to ch 615 DISC HD, the box takes that 1080 signal that the channel broadcasts in and outputs it to 720p so you can see it. Its a conversion on the box itself!! If you were to leave only the 720p and 1080 signal options on the box and went to that same channel, you would get no picture since the box is putting out a 1080 signal which your tv doesnt have the resoultion to display!! so you see cant see it!
Basically, 720p are not a bad choice at all, dont get me wrong. But the reason they sell them is because it presents a cheaper price to customers and makes people wanna buy the tv since its so cheap and then the customer will realize later down the road, o crap, i dont have 1080i or p, i cant use my HD DVD or blue ray, you would have to have them downcovert to 720p and that does not give you the full HD experience, even though it still may look good!! Thats why i am saying to buy a 1080P tv, that can support all the other signals and be set for the future, its a investment up front, but will be worth in the future. I aint a salesman so you dont need to take my work for it, but do consider what I have told you from experience and from installing HD boxes on these types of TVs... the customer was like oo man, you mean I dont get 1080i? and I go no, only 720p then they are all bummed!! so thats my thought and opinion, you do what you want!!