#1
I know this may not be the best forum in the world to ask this, but I imagine it's one of the few where most users, like me, download (cough, illegally) a lot of the TV shows they watch.

My parents have very kindly let me have one of their older HDTVs for my bedroom. Up until now I've just been watching SD quality on one of those old CRT TVs (with the huge backs). It was never great, but it never particularly bothered me. HD on my new TV looks absolutely mind-blowing, however some older SD files I have just look like a really poor internet stream.

I was just wondering if any of you guys have this same problem, and if there's anything you know that can be done about it?
#2
CRT = best image quality.
Until we get 4k screens, that is.

In all seriousness, there's nothing you can do about it. The one annoying thing with LCD screens is that they only look somewhat decent at their native resolution. Anything below it makes it look extremely blurry. This is especially the case with SD broadcasts on TV, which I'm are at a resolution of either 480p or 576p.
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#4
When you have 640*480 pixels stretched over a screen of what I'm assuming is substantial size, of course it's going to look like arse.

1920*1080 is a piss poor resolution, I have no idea why it became the popular choice.
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#5
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1920*1080 is a piss poor resolution, I have no idea why it became the popular choice.

Price, marketing, and persuasion. Cheaper to make than 2k/4k screens (especially when HD first became a thing), 1080p has a better ring than 2160p, and media conglomerates had to get new equipment they only broadcast in 720p with, such a disgrace.

And I know that CRT's could display a much higher resolution than normal when properly made and if you were lucky. 1600x1200 is often seen in reviews on archaïc hardware, and higher resolutions than that weren't uncommon. To print such pixel densities on a LCD screen would be extremely expensive though, and it still is extremely expensive, though companies are finally starting to produce 4k screens....that are 80" across and an easy $8000.

We'll find out in 5 years whether 4k is sell-able to the masses.
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Price, marketing, and persuasion. Cheaper to make than 2k/4k screens (especially when HD first became a thing), 1080p has a better ring than 2160p, and media conglomerates had to get new equipment they only broadcast in 720p with, such a disgrace.

And I know that CRT's could display a much higher resolution than normal when properly made and if you were lucky. 1600x1200 is often seen in reviews on archaïc hardware, and higher resolutions than that weren't uncommon. To print such pixel densities on a LCD screen would be extremely expensive though, and it still is extremely expensive, though companies are finally starting to produce 4k screens....that are 80" across and an easy $8000.

We'll find out in 5 years whether 4k is sell-able to the masses.


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#7
standard def looks better on my 14inch tube than it does on my hd led. Just the way it is brah
#8
Realised I made a typo in the title of this thread. Fail.

Oh well, I guess I'll just have to suck it up then.
#10
While I can certainly see the difference between standard and hd (I'm actually annoyed when people tell me they can't) I have to say I don't think that standard definition, whether from broadcast or from my downloads, doesn't look any worse on HD screens than on old shitty tvs, provided I'm not using my mother's 60".
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While I can certainly see the difference between standard and hd (I'm actually when people tell me they can't) I have to say I don't think that standard definition, whether from broadcast or from my downloads, doesn't look any worse on HD screens than on old shitty tvs, provided I'm not using my mother's 60".



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#12
SD on an HDTV is like watching porn but not masturbating.
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While I can certainly see the difference between standard and hd (I'm actually when people tell me they can't)


My favorite is when people say they can tell the difference between 1080P and 720 and then you look at their TV and it only displays up to 720.
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My favorite is when people say they can tell the difference between 1080P and 720 and then you look at their TV and it only displays up to 720.


I'll be honest and say I can't see the difference between 720 and 1080. Can most people actually see it? I keep hearing about 2k and 4k resolutions, and the idea that that would even be beneficial before monitors start regularly being much much larger than they are now blows my mind.
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I'll be honest and say I can't see the difference between 720 and 1080. Can most people actually see it? I keep hearing about 2k and 4k resolutions, and the idea that that would even be beneficial before monitors start regularly being much much larger than they are now blows my mind.


The whole thing with 720 vs 1080P has to do with the size of your TV and how far away you're sitting from it. So if you had a 22 inch TV, you're not going to tell, but a 42 inch will be easier to tell.

Basically just read this page:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/720p-vs-1080p-can-you-tell-the-difference-between-hdtv-resolutions/

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#17
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I was just wondering if any of you guys have this same problem, and if there's anything you know that can be done about it?

I know that you can use some sort of up-scaler, but when I'm watching lower quality stuff on my PC (which has a 26" telly as a monitor) I just make the window smaller, take up half of the screen and have the other half empty or have a browser open or something. I am usually sitting pretty close to the screen though, otherwise I'd maximise it and live with the quality knowing that I could have bought it on DVD if I wanted it to look better
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I'll be honest and say I can't see the difference between 720 and 1080. Can most people actually see it?

Yea, it looks way nicer
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#20
all about them scanlines

the scanlines make it look more detailed than it actually is on old CRTs. HDTV's don't actually make SD look worse, that's ridiculous. SD is SD. It just shows you how low resolution it actually is.
#21
You can definitely see the difference between 720 and 1080, especially the larger the screen gets.

That's why it always confuses me why people go out and buy massive 1080p tvs to game on when the majority of games don't actually output in 1080 native so it's just upscaled and ends up looking bad (especially on the PS3).

I never understood why they put such a crap upscaler in the PS3 when it has way more native 1080p titles than the 360. It can obviously handle a better upscaler, dunno why they cheaped out there.
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The whole thing with 720 vs 1080P has to do with the size of your TV and how far away you're sitting from it. So if you had a 22 inch TV, you're not going to tell, but a 42 inch will be easier to tell.

Basically just read this page:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/720p-vs-1080p-can-you-tell-the-difference-between-hdtv-resolutions/

inb4 someone mentions their computer monitor



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You can definitely see the difference between 720 and 1080, especially the larger the screen gets.


I had assumed the reason I wasn't seeing it was because I'm using small monitors (I believe my 1080 monitors are 22" and 24", and my 42" is 720) for 1080, but based on that graph I should totally be able to see it, because I use them at a desk and I'm very close to them. Oh well. Maybe it's time to update my glasses prescription
#23
Using an HDTV to watch SD content is like having a 10/10 girlfriend and never ****ing her. Get some proper rips. Make sure the file size is as big as it should be. People like to compress the shit out of HD videos to make the file size smaller but also killing quality.