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Hello. I'm in the process of buying a new TV. I simply need to know if my HD receivers will be sending a 1080p or 720p input into my TV???
 

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I believe the signal you get from the STB is 1080i, not 1080p, since all HDTV sources are 1080i. The only source for 1080p to my knowledge is Bluray. I could be out to lunch on this, and I'm sure the local "geeks" will put me in my place if I am. :)
 

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Actually, with ShawD you can also choose "native" in which case the incoming signal, 1080i or 720P or 480i will be passed to the TV.

since all HDTV sources are 1080i.
Not true. Please see the following FAQs on the topic:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=76129 Formats

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=87543 Upconversion


And the following post, useful for those new to the forum - FAQs, Search Tips, Optimization, etc:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=57741
 

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So, if I do not own a Bluray player, and am just concerned about the best picture quality while watching TV, I should save some $$ and buy a 720p TV????
 

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NO! Buy a 1920x1080 TV. If the input signal is 1080i the TV itself will deinterlace it ( at the very end it still need a "p" signal). If the signal is 720p the TV will upconvert it to 1080p. Some TVs do this better than others (you get what you pay for...).
 

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720P (actually 768P) vs 1080P TVs have been discussed many times in this forum - for years. This is only one spec you need to look at and several others may be more important. Since the question of SD formats has been answered, this thread will be closed as we don't wish to start, yet another 720P vs 1080P thread.

Here's but one example found by searching for "720P 1080P" in the thread title, under advanced search.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=92628&highlight=720P+1080P

As stated by adit, if this is your primary TV, then 1080P is really the way to go and check out the other FAQs.
 
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