Originally Posted by skogan
There's nothing about HD DVD that makes it 1080i. The content isn't stored that way. The first players are 1080i for transport, but there's no reason to believe future ones will be 1080i.
The $499 PS3 shouldn't be able to do 1080P over component because 1080P isn't an authorized output on component for movies (that restiction doesn't apply to games.) No Blu-ray or HD DVD player should output 1080P movies over component.
Forgive my sarcasm. I am enjoying the debate and a lot of what these BD threads are about is conjecture, but I have to respond when I feel like conjecture is being used in the place of facts.
This debate, I believe is relevant to the topic as some of us belive that 1080p and higher audio/visual transfer rates WILL, at least eventually correlate to a quality difference.