Originally Posted by OTA-DVR-guy The 720p distinction has to do with inputs such as cable boxes, etc.
which will not have the option to be displayed at 1080p (which is "full HD").
I don't think so. Your 1080p/i picture is being downscaled
to the panel's native resolution of 720p.
You might consider looking at the detailed specifications. The designation is very important for LCD panels.
- A 720p LCD panel is physically 1366 x 768 = 1,049,088 pixels
- A 1080p LCD panel is physically 1920 x 1080 = 2.073,600 pixels
- 1080p panel has 197% more pixels than 720p panel
Note that panel size makes no difference. This is the same for small and large panels. The only difference is pixel size. I think most people advocating for 720p will be surprised at the fine print on their TVs.
While I agree that some of the local broadcasters transmit such a sorry picture that it probably doesn't make much difference, you will definitely notice when they do transmit a good picture at 1080i. At times the 1080i picture is quite stunning on WBTV, WCNC (national broadcasts), WTVI & WUNG, on a native 1080p panel
Furthermore with a 720p panel, you are highly dependent upon the TV's embedded software algorithm being used to downscale and smooth out the picture. The end result is usually a much softer picture than that is possible with transmitted OTA.
This is why I wouldn't purchase a 720p TV when 1080p TVs can often be found for the same price. The party asked for opinions, so this is mine.Edited by blackcat6 - 2/28/14 at 2:33am