720 p or 1080i

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I read on here the other day that 720p was better then 1080i. Should I set the receiver to 720p or should I keep it at 1080i.:confused: I really didn't notice a difference when I changed to 720p.
 
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Find out if the native resolution of your TV set is 1280x720p or 1920x1080i, the official HD. Set the TV and Set-Top Box to that resolution. If it is any other, say 1366x768, then you will have to try each and find which is better looking.

Sometimes you will have a channel whose native resolution is 1280x720p, such as most ABC and ESPN channels, and does not match your TV. Then you will have to try each resolution and see which is better looking. They use it for "fast" action and lower bandwidth.

-Ken
 
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If it is any other, say 1366x768, then you will have to try each and find which is better looking.
-Ken

Yep it pretty much comes down to what looks best to you. I'd view a few different types of programing and flip back and forth between the two.
 
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I read on here the other day that 720p was better then 1080i. Should I set the receiver to 720p or should I keep it at 1080i.:confused: I really didn't notice a difference when I changed to 720p.

Try both and for some TV's the answer is to use both. I.e. for 720P sources the tv may look best in 720p mode and for 1080i sources in 1080i. And don't forget 480i/p. Wish dish had followed through with the support for native resolution pass-thru.
 
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It's happened with both a VIP 612 and 722 on a Panasonic Viera HDTV. No other 720p sources overscan like that. It really is a weird oddity.
 
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Depending on your TV Progressive is always better then interlaced. If you have a 720p set set your box to 720p if you have a 1080p I guess 1080i is ok but for sports I would rather have 720p. If you have a 1080i which I have a tv from 6 yrs ago an LG 1080i top of the line at the time I like 720p
 
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Depending on your TV Progressive is always better then interlaced. If you have a 720p set set your box to 720p if you have a 1080p I guess 1080i is ok but for sports I would rather have 720p. If you have a 1080i which I have a tv from 6 yrs ago an LG 1080i top of the line at the time I like 720p

If you do some more research I think you'll find the opposite, the 1080i channels tend to have better PQ. Now that isn't all just because of resolution but there is a trend there. I'll take the added resolution of NBC and CBS over the soft ESPN and FOX any day.

As far as what to set the Dish box too, I'd bet most people here would see know difference. I'd play the percentages and use 1080i since there are far more channels at 1080 than 720.
 
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??? First I've ever heard, or seen, of that.

My Samsung DLP is a 1080P set, and for any 1080 modes (1080i or 1080p) it has a picture mode called 'just scan' which is basically a 1:1 pixel mapping, i.e. no overscan. In 720p, this option isn't available and there is a good chunk on each side lost to overscan.
 
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Find out if the native resolution of your TV set is 1280x720p or 1920x1080i, the official HD. Set the TV and Set-Top Box to that resolution. If it is any other, say 1366x768, then you will have to try each and find which is better looking.

Sometimes you will have a channel whose native resolution is 1280x720p, such as most ABC and ESPN channels, and does not match your TV. Then you will have to try each resolution and see which is better looking. They use it for "fast" action and lower bandwidth.

-Ken

720p, 1080i, and 1080p are all Official HD.
 

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