Originally Posted by sonic_blue
Ok, you're probably right, but what I can't understand is why a cheap upscaling DVD player or STB can produce a much better 1080 upscale than the TV can. Surely the TV has a better scaling chip in it than this other cheap third party equipment? Is there anyone from Panasonic who can comment on how SD is scaled/processed by the TV, in particular whether large amounts of noise reduction or filtering are used, and whether this can be turned off in the service menu?
Well, I think, comparing dvd to SD tv is like comparing bluray to HD, not exactly equal. Some SD channels look great from D*, others not so much. I think its a matter of channel compression and feed. Also, OTA SD does not look that bad on mine, so that makes me thing the compression of our national providers is part of it. The Panny does not handle crappy signals well. Therefore a overly compressed SD signal is going to just plain look bad, especially as you get larger screen sizes.
Also, watching 90% HD programming like I do doesnt help when you have to watch a SD program.