Originally Posted by nikolausp
Hi there, I meant to say 867 instead of TV in my post... whoops.
I have AT&T Uverse. The highest setting it has to display footage in is 1080i..... that's what mine is set at.
Then you are asking that Uverse receiver to upconvert the 720p of ESPN and all other 720p channels to 1080i for output via HDMI.
And then you are sending that 1080i via HDMI on to the Panny (through the 867 which does NO CONVERSION FOR HDMI 720p, 1080i or 1080p SOURCE as described on the chart shown on page 136 of the user manual PDF, and further described on "Processing" setting description on page 105 of the PDF).
When that 1080i (which appears to the Panny as its "source resolution", which is what you see onscreen when you press INFO for the Panny) arrives at the Panny it will absolutely then be upconverted again, this time to 1080p which is the "native display resolution" of the 65VT50 (and many other sets, obviously). But INFO will show 1080i, which is what the Panny received... which is what your Uverse receiver sent out because that's what you have set as the "fixed" output resolution.
So you have gone through TWO conversions... 720p to 1080i in the Uverse DVR, and then 1080i to 1080p in the Panny. Personally I'd choose "native" on the Uverse DVR if possible, which will send out 720p as 720p... through the 867 untouched, and then on to the Panny where 720p will be upconverted to 1080p by the Panny. One conversion, no interlacing (from 720p to 1080i by the Uverse box) and deinterlacing (from 1080i to 1080p by the Panny for display). This should produce very much improved images from ESPN on your Panny, since there is no interlacing/deinterlacing involved and 720p to 1080p is very smooth.
Of course if you also watch 1080i channels, in the absence of "native" on the Uverse DVR you should now choose 1080i, because that's what the source program is at. Just pass it to the Panny (untouched through the 867) that way and let the Panny do the upconvert from 1080i source to 1080p for display since I have more faith in the Panny's upconvert than in the Uverse box. You certainly don't want to leave your Uverse box down at 720p when watching a 1080i channel.
And if you do have an option of "native" for the Uverse box, ESPN will thus arrive at the Panny as 720p and INFO will show 720p (because that's what INFO shows... the arriving "source" resolution). But you will definitely see that 720p upconverted to 1080p for display, but that's not what INFO shows since EVERYTHING is always displayed at 1080p on the Panny.
The Yamaha 867 website's page, as well as a bunch of other sites for the Yamaha 867 say that it upscales to 1080p. Where did you read that the 867 does not upscale to 1080p? The manual also says that it does.
Only from analog 480i source and 480i/480p from HDMI, not for HDTV resolutions of 720p/1080i and BluRay resolution of 1080p from HDMI/component.
How is my 1080p plasma going to display 720p? I thought a 1080p TV can only display 1080p.
It will upconvert whatever you feed it to 1080p, which is the "native display resolution" of the Panny.
Feed it 720p and that gets upconverted to 1080p for display. And INFO will show 720p.
Feed it 1080i and that gets upconverted to 1080p for display. And INFO will show 1080i.
Feed it 1080p and no upconversion is required. That 1080p source will go straight to the display screen at 1080p. And INFO will show 1080p.