A previous poster stated "BTW, I don't believe I've seen any 42" plasmas which go beyond 1024x768 - you have to go to 50" models for that. " My 23" Sony is rated at 1366 X 768. I understand that sets that are rated at 1080p can only be as small as 50" due to the space needed for the millions of pixels.
How does one really know what the native resolution is of their TV? My Sony says it displays 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i. Does this mean that all of these resolutions are "native"?
My HD cable box outputs everything at 1080i, regardless of what is being broadcast. I would think that part of the picture quality problem goes beyond our individual TVs and revolves around the actual cable or satellite box that converts the signal. Also, there are many factors that affect the picture quality in this very big jugsaw puzzle of High Def. Was the original material shot at 720p or 1080i, and was it shot at 24fps or 30fps? And, do we have our TV settings adjusted so it will do the "Cinema" mode translation to get the most out of material shot at 24fps? Also, a lot of broadcasters simply up-res the SD material to "high def", which isn't really high-def and why some "high-def" material doesn't look great. So far, from what I've seen, the Discovery HD channel and PBS have the best HD material, followed by the local channels that broadcast material that actually originates in HD. Some local stations orginate material in 720p while others use 1080i. They both look good.
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