After 1 year of giving Frontier a chance to get it together I just switched to TWC aka Spectrum. I do have to admit that the original Verizon Fios layout and format was great. My new service is a bit difficult to navigate but does have more positives than negatives. The newest STB box from Spectrum (Arris) does NOT have a setting for 1080p. There is a noticeable differance in picture quality as the 1080i picture is not as vibrant. I understand therenis a new updated box called "the happy box" which has a setting for 1080p . Does anyone know when this will be available???
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A new 1080P tv actually takes the 1080I signal and processes as 1080P so really it's exactly the same resolution.
When your TV is sent a 1080i signal, however, a different process occurs: deinterlacing. This is when the TV combines the two fields into frames. If it's done right, the TV repeats each full frame to create 60 "fps" from the original 30.
While 1080i and 1080p have the same number of pixels, they do have different frame rates (and one is interlaced). The reality is, other than PC games, there isn't any commercially available "real" 1080p content. It's either 1080i content deinterlaced by your TV, 1080p/24 content from Blu-ray, or upconverted content from console games.
They don't have any 1080P content to actually give you.
I switch my box to 720p only for a better picture, especially for viewing action, sports, or anything with movement. You can see the difference just by watching the banner on ESPN. Even though your TV and/or AVR up scales the signal to 1080p, the picture quality is better when my set top box is set to output 720p. (720 progressive vs. 540a + 540b interlaced)
What currently upsets me, is since Spectrum took over TWC in my area, the set top keeps resetting itself to 1080i. Every time I turn on the TV, I have to go into menu and set it to 720p only. Sometimes it changes while I am viewing TV, without ever turning it off.