HDTV and DVD
The debate between 720p and 1080p HDTV continues to rage. But
unless you are planning on using your HDTV with a HD DVD or Blu-ray
player, I wouldn't expect to get any real benefit until HDTV program
formats are availalve, and that is going to happen for a while yet
- and don’t expect a decision any time soon between HD DVD
and Blu-ray format.
The only reason to buy HDTV today, is if you are using your TV
with a DVD player. Blu-Ray and HD DVD have a much higher resolution
output that programmed television, and benefit significantly from
high density screens.
In addition, Progressive-scan DVD players have their own internal
processors. These are generally superior to those of most digital
televisions. Using a progressive-scan DVD with an HDTV will give
you the best picture you can get until HDTV programming becomes
Rather than get caught up choosing between 720p HDTV's and 1080p HDTV's – concentrate more on:
With both 720p and 1080p TVs using an HD signal source you will
have to get up real close to see any difference in picture quality.
But, if you are going for a high-definition DVD player [Blu-ray
or HD DVD] my advice is go for the 1080p to take full advantage
of the higher resolution.
1080p is also best for screen sizes of 50 inches or more.
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