I'm in the tire-kicking stage of HD shopping now; long-time Dish subscriber (since 1998) but no HD equipment at all yet. I currently have a 501 DVR (great box!) and a 4000 from last century in another room. I may be interested in going to HD before the Germany '06 World Cup (on ABC & ESPN) this summer. Since I don't want to give up the DVR features, I figure I could replace both boxes with a ViP622. I am familiar with NTSC (SD) and digital video in general and the difference between progressive and interlaced scanning. I've been reading up on the new standards, but I have some questions about LCD and Plasma monitor "native resolution" (the number of dots physically present on the screen) and the conversions necessary when the actual source is a different resolution. From reading, I find that some broadcasters (i.e. ABC, ESPN) use 720p (is it 60 or 30 fps? 60, I hope!) while others (CBS, Fox?) use 1080/30i (30 frames = 60 fields per second). These formats are downlinked from the satellite using whatever standard the originator provides [more or less - I read in the archives where E* was sometimes reducing horizontal resolutions over the satellite to save bandwidth, and the arguments over resolutions that ensued]. My understanding is that you set a ViP622 receiver's HD output to whatever standard you choose from those available (720p, 1080i, etc.), to match your monitor's capability. If some other resolution comes into the receiver, it is converted to the selected resolution. The receiver does not "pass thru" whatever resolution it receives. Is this correct? I have looked at the HD offerings of the local Big-Box stores and specialty electronics and video retailers. In teh 37" size I'm most interested the big-box stores carry mostly 1280 X 720 (720p) monitors with an occasional 1920 X 1080 (1080i or 1080p) monitor; the specialists have a larger proportion of 1080's. Say I get a 1080i or 1080p-capable monitor and set the 622 to deliver 1080i to it (that's the highest available, isn't it?) If I'm watching 1080i source material, everything should match and the PQ will be as good as possible, right? Now, suppose I'm watching a 720/60p ESPN feed. I presume the receiver converts this to a 1080/30i signal for transport to the monitor; this means scan conversion and interlacing a previously non-interlaced signal. Yuck. ESPN made a decision to go with progressive scan at somewhat lower resolution instead of interlaced for sound technical reasons (flickering, combing on stop-action), and doing this conversion would seem to nullify that. My question: if I plan to watch a lot of - but not only - 720p source material, would I be better off with a 720-line monitor? Even the people in the high-end video stores don't seem to have a clue. Does any of this really matter? Thanks for all the info. I have spent hours browsing the forums and archives and learned more here than everywhere else combined!