Originally Posted by bdraw
Those extenders won't dynamically change the output resolution so that it always passes through the native resolution, which is what I was attempting to say. You have to choose a resolution and then all the content that doesn't match that resolution gets converted to it. Unless you have an older TV that only accepts 1080i, I don't see why anyone would set their extender to output 1080i
when it means it'll convert 720p60 to 1080i.
Because that's the max fixed res that they support - as you said, the existing extenders don't do native so you don't have a choice. I guess you might be talking about the Echo here though.
Mine are all set to 1080i as I posted, and I see no difference with 720p channels if I set my Tivo to native instead of upscaling to 1080i. Perhaps it's my TV, a 46" Panny S1 plasma, or I'm just not looking hard enough, but 1080i fixed works fine for all TV content. And more importantly, avoids the annoying lag and screen flicker for res changes with native.
There should be no issue with setting the Echo for 1080i, and it should be supported. But if it can do 1080p instead and look just as good, I suppose that's an issue that people are going to have to deal with if it never does 1080i correctly. They'll have to only use it on sets that can handle 1080p or set it to 720p instead and accept the downscale for 1080i channels.