New TV, New Questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Old_School, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Old_School

    Old_School Legend

    Nov 28, 2011
    So i have had HD equipment for over 2 years now and decided with our living room remodel it was time to step out of the 20th century and get a TV that can handle what the D equipment can put out.

    so i have a few question...

    1. what the heck is 720P and 1080P?

    2. will i notice a difference with one over another watching Directv? Keep in mind that the newest TV in the house has a production date of 3/94:lol:

    3. watching a video online from 10/2012 the host explaining it not only confused me 100x more that i already was but, made a statement that no TV provider can brodcast in 1080P as the tech is not there yet.. is that true? i could have swear i heard somewhere that Directv does.

    thanks in advance..
  2. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    TVs have a certain number of lines of resolution.
    The old TV you have has 480 lines.
    The HD TVs have either 720 or 1080 lines.
    The bigger the TV the more difference that you can see between the 2.

    Note that about 20 of the channels are broadcast in 720p.

    1080i ( I is for Interlaced and P is for Progressive ) is the standard for all but the pay per view movies.

    Note also that your TV will convert any signal it gets to whatever is it's native resolution such as 720p.

    Go to somewhere like Best Buy where they have someone that knows what he is talking about and look at the different types of TVs on the wall side by side and see what looks the best for you for the size that you want to buy.
  3. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    Like your Panthers avatar!!

    Short answer, for anything over 32", get the biggest 1080p with 120Hz or 240Hz that your budget will allow.

    Most programming is 1080i or 720. 1080p is generally movies -either PPV / Ondemand (directv) or BluRay DVDs.

    There are volumes on this board of the mechanics, but in general you won't find a better looking picture than Directv. . . my opinion. (and others will contest that!)
  4. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    Let's do this "old school" :lol:
    720p has 1280x720 "dots" of picture
    1080 has 1920x1080 "dots"

    Most movie channels use 1080, while some sports channels use 720.
    P verses I isn't really a big deal anymore.
    A friend needed a new TV so we went off looking at 46+ inch TVs and all were 1080p.
  5. Old_School

    Old_School Legend

    Nov 28, 2011
    thanks for the replies everyone.. i should have mentioned, we are looking for something in the 24-26" range... we are not huge fans or seen a need for anything bigger.. 95% of our viewing is taken care of PBS sprout, TruTV, or NFLST.

    I guess my main concern is that 720p i a lot cheaper and i was wondering if i would go that route am i going to notice a huge difference between the two (i know i will notice a difference from my elderly TV to the new:lol:) and with a 720P am i gonna be sorry in 6 months that i did not go 1080P?
  6. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    720p is fine in the smaller sets.
    When you shop around you might find that a 32" is about the same cost as the smaller ones you mentioned.
  7. Bill Broderick

    Bill Broderick Icon

    Aug 25, 2006
    Long Island
    The smaller the TV, the less important the resolution is. It's very unlikely that you would be ablt to tell the difference between 720 and 1080 in a 24-26" set. All HDTV's can accept a signal of any valid resolution and convert it to the TV's native resolution. So, you don't need to be concerned that by having a 720p TV, you can't view 1080i or 1080p content. You can. You will just watch it in 720p resolution.

    That having been said, if you have the choice of two similar TV's at similar prices, with the only difference being 1080p vs 720p resolution, you should probably choose the 1080p set.
  8. HarleyD

    HarleyD Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    You may well find that the price difference between a 24" and a 32" is negligible.

    If you are looking to not break the bank, I personally purchased two Toshiba 32C120U TVs for the bedrooms. They aren't top of the line but they are a nice, economical model with 720p resolution. I paid $219 apiece for them on Amazon and got free shipping. When I was looking for something in the 20"-24" range for the kitchen I found that they were about the same price if not pricier. A 32" would not work in my kitchen though...according to my wife.
  9. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    I wouldn't go any smaller than a 32" TV.
    What size TV do you have now?
  10. richall01

    richall01 Godfather

    Sep 30, 2007
    South Georgia
    Make sure you use a HDMI cable. Gray is ok for smaller sets below 40" if the set is 720p. But if your set is 1080p or over 40" you need to use the gold HDMI cable for the best picture.
  11. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    It's all 1s & 0s... unless it's a long cable run, the cheapest cord from monoprice is fine.
  12. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    another myth about gold cables. :nono:
  13. lipcrkr

    lipcrkr Legend

    Apr 27, 2012
    Best Buy and Costco, Walmart etc. are NOT the places you want to go to learn about HDTV. They will be clueless or lie outright. Like LCD vs LED or 3D and active vs passive etc. If you want to learn about HDTV, my advice would be to visit AVS and have actual members who are in the HDTV business without lying to you. I sold more TV's in Circuit City at my lunch hour, (i worked at the mall across the street), than the clerks did. THEN after you make the decision from knowledgeable people, you can buy your HDTV at Best Buy etc.
    And don't buy Monster cable at Best Buy, it's about 90% over priced. Monoprice online is a lot cheaper and better. And yes, as a previous poster mentioned, i would choose a 32" as my smallest. You will have no problem fitting a 32" in your bedroom, bathroom, closet etc.
  14. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Using a 24" television, I can tell the difference between 720 and 1080. However, it is not enough to be a concern. I agree, if you can get 1080i for about the same price, do so. I would also suggest considering a 32" to 40" television for most average rooms. My 24" is about 3 feet from where I sit. My other TV locations have larger screens (42" and 46"), and I sit farther from them.
  15. Old_School

    Old_School Legend

    Nov 28, 2011
  16. Old_School

    Old_School Legend

    Nov 28, 2011
    I'm not worried about the HDMI cables, when we where installed a few years ago the installer brought HDMI cables and left them "for when i was ready" and i do believe they are the gold ones.

    i went to the local walmart to see some prices and they have a 32" RCA 1080P tagged at $229, the 720P version of the same TV is tagged $198... so i think i am gonna go with the 1080p since this is the main family TV.
  17. coolman302003

    coolman302003 2014 NBA CHAMPIONS!

    Jun 2, 2008
    Just in case you are not aware, all of those except PBS Sprout are carried in HD on D*.
  18. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    Agree, You can get a 32" Magnavox LED for $268 at Walmart/SamsClub right now!
    LCD is $228.

    I've had My 32" Magnavox LCD 720p for 6 years now it still works great.:)
  19. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Good choice, I have a 32" 720p Sony in the house and it's definitely not as good in picture quality as my 1080p sets even though they're larger. For only $30 why settle for less.
  20. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    If you are currently using a 20" analog TV currently, going to the 720P LCD will look amazingly better. Then you can use the $30 to put towards an upgrade of your VCR to a DVD player. ;) Seriously, you'll probably be fine with a 720P TV, especially if its 32" or less.

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