I'm moving into a new place and I'm debating between a 42" and a 50" tv.
I love HD, but I realize that some programming just isn't available in HD. So what would you consider the minimum distance to view SD programming on a 50" tv? I'm setting up to be about 8' from the tv, so I'm starting to think a 42" might be a better choice.
Like with many things in life, when you have to choose between the bigger one or the smaller one, the bigger one is often more satisfying .
Most people who plan to upgrade their TV always choose something bigger if they can. Very few people wish that they had something smaller. I sit between 6-9 ft. away from my 52" and SD pictures look OK. Obviously, it really depends on the quality of the SD signal.
I'm about 7' away from a 720p 50" TV. I watch primarily HD programming which looks great, SD obviously suffers a little but still good enough for me. It all boils down to the type of content you watch and what your personal PQ threshold is.
I have a 50" Plasma at about 9 feet. Absolutely love it. Would not wish to go smaller. I made comprimises before and regreted being cautious. I think if you get a good quality Plasma or LCD you will have no issues.