There's been a lot of talk about the Panny Viera 500s being classed as "HD Ready" and whilst it's true they meet the requirements regarding input connections (HDMI) and display lines (720p/1080i), what puzzles me is the EICTA requirement for screen resolution of 1280x720 @ 50 and 60Hz doesn't match up. The Panny's are only 1024x768 (42", 50") and 1024x720 for the 37". Does the fact the display can accept a video format of 1280x720 enough or does it have to display at that resolution to get the "HD Ready" approval, in which case the Panny will fail. Also what would be the implications of taking a 1280x720 format and displaying it at 1024x720, would there be much difference in PQ? This is got me slighty concerned as I was originally looking at LCD HDTVs with resolutions of 1366x768 but decided to go for a larger screen size so it's really a toss up between a DLP or the new Vieras.