Originally posted by jrock65
It only took them like 10 years to do it.
It probably took their marketing people that long to persuade their manufacturing executives to spend money to fix something that didn't really need to be fixed.
Panasonic's 720p "problem" applies only to STB's that output 720p signals, but not 1080i. Are there any?
As I understand it, most, if not all, external devices produce either output depending upon how they are set, converting one format to the other as necessary. Once inside the TV's circuity, all signals 480, 720 or 1080 have to be scaled to match the display's native resolution, which, on a plasma screen, doesn't exactly match either HDTV standard. If sales brochures are to be believed, it's not uncommon for other sets to convert all signals to 1080 prior to internal processing.
I suppose it could be argued that 720 to 768 involves less conversion than 1080 to 768, but it's doubtful that the difference is visible to the naked eye, especially since Panasonic engineers undoubtedly optimized their circuitry for 1080 to 768 (or 480 for ED) scaling.
As for watching ABC and Fox 720p broadcasts, I've been enjoying them on my Panasonic TH-42PD25U since the moment I plugged it in.