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I just spent an hour reading the Sharp 45 inch LCD FAQ and am trying to decide if it is right for me and which model I should look at. First, I want to watch over the air broadcasts with 1080p resolution. Do any have HDTV tuners included?


I want to be able to connect pc and watch dvds, play games, and watch xvid/divx tv shows and movies. I realize I won't get the 1080p resolution using my computer but I don't think I need it. If the resolution of my computer is set at 1280 x 1024 I should be OK right. Anyone have experience watching divx/xvid shows and movies on such a large screen?


Answers to any of these questions would be appreciated.
 

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OTA broadcasts won't come in at 1080p. The best you will see is 1080i or 720p. There are very few sources of 1080p, in fact. The Sharp LCDs might upscale signals to 1080p, but that doesn't sound like what you expect.


Computer outputs are always progressive scan unless you are going out of an S-video port on your video card, or something. Taking S-video out of a PC and into an HD television seems to defeat the whole purpose. You'll really want your PC output set for 1920x1024 or the image will be terribly stretched.
 

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Yeah good pont. I'm sure my ATI Radeon x800 xl video card has a setting that will output to a 16:9 high resolution TV. PC output cannot be set to 1920x1024 on the Samsungs without some major tweaking that I don't want to deal with and don't really need to given what I will use it for. I can deal with the PC not outputting to 1080p, because I don't have any sources that I could use anyway.


Is it that that there are very few 1080p sources in general or that I can't get them over the air? I guess I will be buying a TV that can use a 1080p when that day arises.


Edit: I just found an article that answers most of my questions about 1080p content. For the most part it doesn't exist. I wish I cold post the link but the board won't let me yet.


Makes me wonder why so many people went to such lengths to get their PC to output to the Sharp 45s. They must be getting their content somewhere. I just can't figure it out!
 

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Welcome to the forum. Now, don't take this the wrong way, but after reading your post, it looks like you are fairly confused regarding several issues. I wouldn't go ahead and buy anything until you really understand what you are getting.


1. there are no 1080p broadcasts...which is why all these people debate the point of getting a 1080p set. Furthermore, depending on where you live and what stations you watch, most of your HD could be coming in the form of 720p.


2. It is very easy to get a 1080p signal off of your PC


3. The sharp needs a workaround for it to accept a 1080p signal from a PC


4. 1080p for HTPC use are for a few reasons: first, just to have a large screen for photos, surfing etc, for WMP9 HD DVDs (some porno companies are making 1080p movies...), for 1920 x 1080 gaming.


The price of the old sharp will drop as soon as their new models are released... The word on the street is that the new models will not have that work around to get a 1080p signal from your PC.
 

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"2. It is very easy to get a 1080p signal off of your PC"

Do you mean the workaround is easy or that it is easier to get 1080p via pc with other models? Could you recommend another 40+ inch LCD model that can use a 1080p signal from a PC?



"The price of the old sharp will drop as soon as their new models are released... The word on the street is that the new models will not have that work around to get a 1080p signal from your PC. "


I assume this to mean that the new models will accept 1080p from a HTPC without a workaround? Thanks for your help.
 
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