All 720P sets down scan 1080i to 720p. Yes they are throwing away pixels to do this.
During the state of the union msg. I was switching between ABC(720p) and NBC(1080i)My CRT HD-TV does 1080i and 720p.
It was hard to tell the difference a 8' away if I got closer like 4' away the 1080i was looked a little bit sharper. But I don't watch at 4' away.
There are 1080i sets out there now but they are BIG$$$$$$$.
On a 42" set 1080i will not make a big difference. John
I've got my eyes fixed on the Pioneer PDP42A3HD, however it does not have 1080i capability; max is 720p. I talked to Pioneer and the new sets will have it, but they are not out until June - don't want to wait that long.
So I'm asking is it really necessary to have 1080i? What's the difference? Hell I've done research and still don't understand 1080i.