: Worth buying 1080p HDTV when using Bell?

2008-12-01, 11:19 PM

I'm ready yo buy a 50-inch HDTV and wondering whether to pay 25% more for 1080p over 720p, considering that BEV outputs 720p.

My current 720p choices would be either the Panasonic TH50px80 or the Samsung PN50A450.


2008-12-01, 11:31 PM
With that screen size, and if you are seated not too far from the tv; I would choose 1080, if not for now; for the futur.

2008-12-02, 08:21 AM
Many channels are 720p so the qualifier of "bell" is really irrelevant.

Regardless, as noted many times here, resolution is only one component of overall picture quality so the 720p set for broadcast television is fine, however, what if you want Blu-ray? A 1080p set likely is a later generation with improved graphics processing chips and circuitry along with ability to support BLu-ray at 1080p.

2008-12-02, 10:01 AM

Be careful of the sets you're researching before you buy. If you have set your sights on 1080p, you will need a HDTV set that has the feature that upconverts the signals even the SD signals to 1080p. It makes a huge difference, for you'll never complain that the PQ on SD appears less than perfect.

2008-12-02, 09:05 PM
Which models have such good upscalers?

I will be sitting 10 feet from the screen, which is optimal distance for 720p and too far for 1080p. I expect usage would be 90% (or more) TV and 10% rented blueray movies. I wouldn't want to degrade TV PQ for a slight improvement in movie PQ.


2008-12-02, 10:45 PM
I will be sitting 10 feet from the screen, which is optimal distance for 720p and too far for 1080p

I think you just answered your own question...

2008-12-03, 12:33 PM
Yeah, but a part of me still wonders. We get sucked into this resolution thing, but I've seen enough mediocre TVs at Walmart to know resolution isn't a very useful PQ criterion.