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Can I play 1080P on my older 1080i projection tv?

I have an older Mitsubishi projection tv model WS-65713. It says it will do 480, 480p, 1080i inputs. I'm really not up on all the High Def stuff standards now so I need some help. There is what appears to be an HDMI connection on the back of the set that is called "Monitor Link" by Mitsubishi. It says it can be used as a DVI-HD input.

My question is can I play 1080P sources on this tv such as blue ray? If not is there some way of converting the 1080P signals to 1080i for viewing. What sources put out 1080i signals that I can view? Can anyone help me out here?

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Go for it.

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What you may have not read is that almost all 1080p players will also output in 1080i and other formats. In other words, it will play.

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All the devices that is capable of 1080P, should have 1080i mode as well.
That being say, you can not play 1080P content with a 1080i TV.

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I went to the place where I bought my TV years ago and the technician
told me that it wouldn't play Blu Ray. I suppose by that he meant it
would not play 1080P. Technically he was right but from what you are
telling me it will play from a Blu Ray player just at 1080i. I checked
and I do NOT have an HDMI connection I have a DVI-HD connector that uses
DVI-I. So I will obviously have to buy some kind of HDMI to DVI adapter
to use it. Thank you both for your comments. This is all so confusing
when trying to use old equipment on new technology. Will a box such as a
Roku output 1080i as well or is that just asking too much? Looks like I
need to buy a Blu-Ray player..:)

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Be careful here,

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these are two different animal here. Roku plays video files while BD player plays discs (dvd, BD disc, etc.). What's your objective?

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My objective

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My objective here is first of all to see what High Def inputs
my TV will play and then to see what are all my media options at my limited
1080i resolution capability. I now know that Blu Ray players will play
at 1080i as well so that is great news to me. I will go buy a Blu Ray
player. My second thing was to see if I could play streaming video from
the internet sites such as Netflix. It appears I cannot because those
boxes such as Roku do not output a 1080i signal. The other limitation of
Netflix is you need a faster DSL connection at or about 3Mbs to get at
least DVD quality video and more to get High Def quality. I would have
to upgrade my speed from 1.5Mbs DSL. But since these streaming media
players output at 1080P that is a mute point anyway unless I upgrade my

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Update. It claims to have DVI with HDCP

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