Originally Posted by Nosferax
Why would it bring you a headache when you upgrade your display? Those file will still play. I know I didn't get a headaches when I bought my 720p pj to upgrade my 480i TV. I still have my old xvid and divx anime series and tv episode that I capture when I had that display and they still look ok.
Are they optimal for my display? No... But neither are my DVD collection and I'm not in any hurry to replace those.
(this is just our thought process, not trying to say it's the "right" one):
But they're not even optimal for themselves. You've got a better copy of the same movie sitting on the shelf. I'm looking to dump most of my DVDs because every time I think about watching one, I end up thinking to myself, "there's a Blu-ray version of this..."
Hell, 720p is still better than 480p and I bet they will look good on a newer display with even better scalling than my faithful Z3.
They might look good/OK, but not as good as the copy you've got sitting on the shelf.
In conclusion, if you can watch a DVD on your 1080p display and be entertain by it, then I can bet good money that you will also be entertain by a 720p encoded movie.
We might be entertained, but not as much as we could be because we know it could be better. For me, convenience (instant access) and cost (fewer drives) are nice, but they aren't worth the cost of not having the quality be the best it can be.
It's why I don't archive TV recordings or record movies on TV. Yeah, it's cheaper and maybe somewhat easier, but if it's worth saving, it's worth having in the best format available.
Like I said before, I buy Blu-ray because of the high quality, it makes no sense to me to intentionally reduce that quality just for convenience.
But if you're content with DVD, and don't feel the desire to "upgrade" your DVDs to their better Blu-ray counterparts, I can completely understand your being fine with 720p compressed rips.