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Gmjh
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1080p v 720p

I have a 4k tv with a very good upscaling function on it. I was surprised to find however that changing the output on the now tv box to 1080p looks less impressive than 720p. I know the native resolution of now tv is 720p but would have thought 1080p would look better on a 1080p or 4k screen. Any other opinions on this?

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@Gmjh wrote:

I know the native resolution of now tv is 720p but would have thought 1080p would look better on a 1080p or 4k screen....


No... Because the up-scaler in your NOW TV playback device is nothing like as good as the one in your 4K television.

 

If the 'first-stage' device (the NOW TV Box) doesn't do a very good job at up-scaling, the 'second-stage' device (your TV) will compound all the errors created by the 'first-stage' device!

 

Never 'double' up-scale any image. This is why I hate poorly set-up surround sound amplifiers Smiley Surprised 


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@Gmjh I like the picture better on 720. I have a cheaper TV. I guess it's to an extent a personal choice.

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@Gmjh wrote:

I know the native resolution of now tv is 720p but would have thought 1080p would look better on a 1080p or 4k screen....


No... Because the up-scaler in your NOW TV playback device is nothing like as good as the one in your 4K television.

 

If the 'first-stage' device (the NOW TV Box) doesn't do a very good job at up-scaling, the 'second-stage' device (your TV) will compound all the errors created by the 'first-stage' device!

 

Never 'double' up-scale any image. This is why I hate poorly set-up surround sound amplifiers Smiley Surprised 


• If I've been helpful please press the THANKS button • If I've been really helpful please also press the ACCEPT SOLUTION button • Please note: I'm not a NOW TV employee, I'm a regular NOW TV customer, like you! •

LG TV 1 = Model no: 43UH668V | Software: 04.30.70 | OS: webOS 3.31 • LG TV 2 = Model no: 65UH770V | Software: 04.31.10 | webOS •

All TV's = NOW TV app: 2.27.0 | Post Processing Features: All disabled  • Networking Spec = ISP: Virgin Media (75Mbps) | Devices connection type: Wired | IP address type: Fixed (device permitting) •


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@SeeMoreDigital wrote:

@Gmjh wrote:

I know the native resolution of now tv is 720p but would have thought 1080p would look better on a 1080p or 4k screen....


No... Because the up-scaler in your NOW TV playback device is nothing like as good as the one in your 4K television.

 

If the 'first-stage' device (the NOW TV Box) doesn't do a very good job at up-scaling, the 'second-stage' device (your TV) will compound all the errors created by the 'first-stage' device!

 

Never 'double' up-scale any image. This is why I hate poorly set-up surround sound amplifiers Smiley Surprised 


correct as ever @SeeMoreDigital Smiley Happy

 

This is why the main devices I use the NowTV are our two LG 4K smart TVs or the Xbox one S in terms of upscaling the Xbox one S is just as good as the TVs that's not really a surprise as the one S is practically a PC under the hood, so you in effect have a PC doing the upscaling the one S also has a 4K display mode. It's designed to upscale stuff to 4K just like 4K TVs are.


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