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  1. jake moosey

    jake moosey Stunt Coordinator

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    I need help. Should I get the Panasonic 47" pt-47wx42 or the toshiba 42" 42H83?

    also What is 720p? Why would I need it. What are the benefits from having 1080i, 480i, 480p, 720p?
     
  2. dan fritzen

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    Jake, I would only get a HDTV if it did 1080i as well as 720p, there are exceptions to this, i.e. plasma that only do 720p and not 1080i but 1080i is downconverted to 720p.

    ABC and by Fall 2004 Fox will broadcast in 720p which is not a big deal since most HDTV tuners can upconvert this to 1080i for your tv, but Xbox cannot upconvert 720p to 1080i and so far looks like 720p maybe bigger than 1080i in the future for console games in my opinion.

    I personally would not want to pay $2000 and for a tv that cannot accpet 720p signals and the next day find out the next big thing uses 720p.
     
  3. John_W_Sni

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    That leaves you with LCD, plasma or DLP.

    I'm not sure than any RPTV are 720p native, are they?
     
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    Yep, I spent $5000 CAD on my Tosh 57HX81 that does not do 720p. My digital cable box upconverts everything to 1080i, so it's fine for that, but I play a lot of Xbox games that are 720p that I can not enjoy in 720p because the TV doesn't do it or convert it.

    I obviously was very unhappy when I found out the set didn't do 720p (I didn't know what 720p was when I bought it.)

    Make sure you set can do, or can convert 720p.
     
  6. jake moosey

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    thanx dan,

    I just bought the RCA D52W40 at circuit city. It says it does not have 720P and it does not have 3:2 film correction. Is there an alternative to the 3:2. And how will this affect me hdtv viewing?
     
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  8. jake moosey

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    Dan,

    Can you tell me more about using a progressive scan player and line doubler?

    I also noticed you like in bloomington. I like In north branch, about 40 miles north of the Twin cities. What antenna do you use to pick up HD broadcasting?

    Also regarding football in HD, do you know if fox will broadcast football in HD? I know cbs will.

    Thanx
     
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  10. jake moosey

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    do you know if the rca d52w20 upconverts 720p to 1080i? What is the line doubler?

    On ota hdtv, how do I know if it is in 1080i or 720p?

    On DTV how do I know if it is in 480i, 480p, or 720p, In other words how could I find out when shows are broadcast in 480p rather the 480i?

    Alos, do you know what stations broadcast their sports events in HD? Like does anyone besides espn HD broadcast baseball in HD? Or Basketball?

    Thanx
     
  11. jake moosey

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    Jack, the local networks all use either 720p or 1080i...I think Fox is still using 480i/p but they plan on upconverting this fall. Each networks' web site should be able to let you know.
     
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    Most every HDTV accepts 720P signals...but most CRT-based RP sets (and even most direct-view CRT sets) convert to 1080I. I don't call it "up" converting personally because it's actually not "up" converting to go from 720P to 1080I...just sort of a lateral move if you will.

    Some sets will *display* 720P signals natively. There are only 1 or two CRT sets that will display 720P signals without converting to 1080I. However, all DLP-based RP sets (and LCD-based) at present are 720P native...and they actually convert 1080I signals to 720P for display (the other way round from most CRT HD sets).

    IMO, the actually look *sharper* than CRT 1080I sets so don't let the 720/1080 thing fool you.

    What is the ultimate is a digital display that is 1920 x 1080 native resolution....like the new Toshiba LCOS TV. Once they get black-level to CRT levels (getting nice rich blacks and good CR ratio) that will be the TV of the future and we can just forget CRT altogether.
     
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