Well, it looks like I may be making the jump to HDTV in the coming months. I'll have a budget of $1,000 or so, and it's for the living room and I'll want at least 30", so it'll most likely be a CRT. Suggestions are welcome, and I have my eye on a new Panasonic coming out in the near future. But here's why I'm really posting: While looking at various specs, I've noticed that no TV on the market today comes close to displaying the full 1080i HDTV signal. Even 42" flat panels have, on average, about half of the total resolution HDTV is capable of. For example, the Panasonic TH42PX25U 42" plasma has a native resolution of 1024x768. That's a vertical resolution of 768 lines(with 768 pixels per column), meaning, perfectly good for 720p HDTV. So, my first question: any clue when we'll sets capable of 1080i? People often cite the 4x greater resolution of HDTV, but that's only true with 1080i. 720p gives you about 2x better resolution than NTSC would, plus progressive scan, which is of secondary importance to me. I'm all about the pixels. When are the "real" HDTV sets coming out? Will it be another 5 years? Should I wait? My second question is about that particular panasonic. Most 16:9 sets have resolutions like 1280x720, or 1366x768, both of which are 16:9 resolutions that would handle 720p nicely. Anyone know why this Panasonic would have a 4:3 native resolution when it's a 16:9 screen? I thought that was strange.