[mythtv-users] Upscaling SD content on an HDTV set

Sean Goodpasture goofygrin at gmail.com
Fri Nov 2 14:38:21 UTC 2007

What's the source of the SD?  I've got analog cable and it looks decent
using my Mitsubishi (1080p, 65") internal scaler.  Using the highest quality
settings I can in Myth that my backend can handle (framegrabber on an
underpowered backend), it looks really poor.  I prefer to watch SD using the
TVs tuner.  (I'd even say that HD looks slightly better with the internal
tuner too, but it isn't a DVR, so I don't sweat it too much!).

On 10/27/07, David Fishburn <dfishburn.mythtv at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am about to purchase an HDTV (either 720p or 1080p).  We still have
> an old 27" CRT and would like a larger TV.
> Based on what I have read (here and the internet) and the distance I
> will be from the TV, there is actually no advantage to getting a 1080p
> set.
> 99% of the material I watch will be SD.  Many of the HDTVs I have seen
> display a nearly unwatchable SD signal.
> A couple of questions:
> 1.  I used MythArchive to create a DVD of some of my SD shows.  If I
> take this in and watch it on the new HDTVs, will it accurately
> represent what I will see when I watch an SD recording at home?
> 2.  Will Myth do "something" for me to make a regular SD recording
> better when displayed on the HDTV?  Will it upscale the image?
> Is there anything else I need to be aware of, or how to improve things
> for the transition?
> There was a good thread started here
> (http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/290750) "HDMI: HD
> beatiful, SD not", but it fell short of responses.  Essentially it
> said to run the TV and it's native resolution and Myth will upscale.
> There was no conclusive response on whether this worked or not.
> I am looking at any of these TVs currently:
> Samsung LN-T4053H (40")
> Samsung LN-T4061F (40")
> Toshiba 42H167 (42")
> LG 42LC72 (42")
> If someone has any feedback regarding this, please pass it along.
> TIA,
> Dave
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