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Advice on HD panel - 720p or wait for 1080p?

Discussion in 'TVs' started by richard plumb, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. richard plumb

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    Some context: I have a philips 30pf9975. Lovely screen, no native 720p support (idiots).

    So I have a great panel for SD TV, but nothing for my upcoming Xbox 360/PS3/SkyHD.

    Now, do I upgrade quickly to a cheapish £1k 720p HD ready panel (effectively a straight swap) to give me native 720p, or hold out using 1080i until I can jump to 1080p?


    In your opinions, is 1080p a long way off for broadcast? If so, would it be better to get a nice simple 720p compatible panel now, and then wait until 1080p front projectors are available, which will presumably benefit more from the increased resolution?
     
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    In my opinion 1080p is quite a way off for broadcast in the UK - it isn't a standard that is supported by the forthcoming Sky HD box (that is 1080/50i and 720/50p - though it will carry 1080/24p and 1080/25p native material in one of these standards)

    However it is possible that HD-DVD and BluRay will output 1080/24p or 1080/25p - as it is highly likely that these will be the "on disc" recording formats.

    However 1080/50p is highly unlikely in the immediate future - as a production format it is not particularly well developed, and AFAIK no proposed transmission system for this format in Europe.

    There are still benefits in having a 1080p native display - if it is a square pixel device (LCDs and DLPs usually are, plasmas quite often aren't) then it will probably have a 1920 horizontal resolution which may provide better quality viewing of 1080/50i stuff (as that may well be 1920x1080).

    I'd wait until Sky have launched their service and you see the mix of 1080 and 720 content - and also it may be worth waiting to see what HD-DVD/BluRay actually deliver.

    I doubt screens are going to be getting more expensive as time goes on - so if you are happy with your current panel then I'd wait until HD sources are available before you make your decision.
     
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    Thanks.

    I'll try and resist making a quick decision - my current screen *should* work with xbox 360 pretty well, at least long enough for me to see how its panning out.

    And I already have an AE100 for movies, so I prefer bringing out the big screen when needed, so I'm OK with the idea of leaving 1080p to that if its a bluray/HD-DVD thing only.
     
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    Remeber the Ps3 has support for 1080p. But thats still a year off.
     
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    For ps3, I'm mostly thinking of movies, and that can just be bluray/HD-DVD. And I think that means a front projector for scale.

    PS3 games I think will most likely be 720p as standard, with perhaps a couple of Sony published titles pushing the boat out
     

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