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What resolution is D* at? 720p/1080i/1080p?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by tim81, Oct 15, 2007.

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  1. tim81

    tim81 Legend

    Jul 2, 2007
    I know that a lot of people are talking about 1080p, but when I spoke to a csr I was told D* doesn't broadcast above 720p or 1080i or that it depends on the broadcaster.

    Does anyone know what resolution is being broadcast as standard D* or does it just depend on the broadcaster? Is it worth getting a HDTV with 1080p capability?

    Thanks whoever can give me some info on this.:)
  2. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    No 1080p... and probably won't be for a VERY long time.

    DirecTV broadcasts what they are given by the content provider...

    So 720p or 1080i... depends on the content provider.
  3. rabi

    rabi Banned User

    Feb 10, 2006
    Here's your help:

    SEARCH is your friend...

    :lol: :lol:
  4. Peapod

    Peapod Godfather

    Oct 14, 2006
    There is no D* standard, and there is no broadcaster broadcasting in 1080p. 1080p is not even an approved ATSC standard for digital broadcasts.

    You can get 1080p from HDDVD, Blu-Ray and game consoles, but those are the only 1080p sources for now. I do not expect to see 1080p broadcasts for many years if ever.

    DirecTV broadcasts the signal sent by the HD channel. Some are 1080i and some are 720p.
  5. davidord

    davidord Godfather

    Aug 16, 2006
    Standard def is broadcast at 480i

    Hi-Def is broadcast at either 720p or 1080i depending on the network. 1080p content is available on the PS3 games, or Blu-ray or HD-DVD. Also, TV's with 1080p capability will upscale 720p and 1080i content to 1080p. 1080p somewhat future proofs your set for a few years. So, it depends on your budget.
  6. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Many people talk about 1080p, many speak with forked tongue.

    There are no television broadcasts by any provider in 1080p as of October 2007 - none. :blackeye:

    This issue is one of my personal per peeves when going into the big box places over-hearing the 22 year old salesperson trying to bilk some poor unsuspecting consumer out of their hard-earned cash for all the many reasons why they have to have 1080p. :bang

    I usually stand there and ask "exactly what content are they going to be watching to benefit from the extra $700-2800 per set you have to pay for 1080p over 720p/1080i." That usually causes major facial sweat to appear, not to mention a rapid auburn blush on the cheeks... All you'll get is either a him or haw on that one, or else, they'll finally confess the fact there is no 1080p broadcasting today. :eek2: :eek2: :eek2:

    Unless you plan to regularly watch HD DVD or Blu Ray disks with one of those players connected, you will never be seeing 1080p content at this time.

    Since everyone in medialand just got done spending billions on their 720p and 1080i HD transmissiion equipment, I suspect it will be quite a while before they are ready to dip into the cash register again for 1080p. More important, there are countless testimonies in other threads here and all over the Web that viewers of 1080i and 1080p content cannot tell the difference in the images produced. That's a whole other topic for another day and another thread. :beatdeadhorse:

    I, for one, have 1 HD DVD unit and 4 HD screens to watch content. I have also seen HD DVD in 1080p on a $9700 1080p high-end unit. I've also seen it on a 1080i unit costing less than 1/4 that amount. I'd challenge the next 1000 people walking down the street to tell me which image is which.

    Summary - get a 720p/1080i set AND an HD DVD player, and pocket the change left over. Then you can enjoy 2 new HD toys. :jumpingja :icon_hroc :new_smili
  7. bkwest918

    bkwest918 AllStar

    Jul 10, 2007
    1080p doesn't cost that much if anything extra. I bought a 42 inch plasma 1080p new on Amazon for 899.00 then a 47 inch Phillips LCD at walmart that does 1080p and the cost isn't much if any extra. If you're going to get HD-DVD get 1080p because you can tell the difference.

  8. cartrivision

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007
    I think that the "cost" is in the data rate which would be double that of 1080i.
  9. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    Actually Dish and DTV mentioned to produce 1080p output.
    Key word here is "OUTPUT".
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