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    I have a question for someone that connects their Google TV to a 1080p HDTV.

    Is there a visual difference when viewing this website, googletvforumdotorg, through an HDTV with a native resolution of 1080p versus through an HDTV with a native resolution of 720p?

    As I understand it, with video, there's a definite WOW factor between the two. Is there a similar WOW factor when viewing a printed page?
     
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    Any noticeable difference depends on screen size and distance from the screen but in my situation with a 50" 720p and a 42" 1080p, I am not seeing any WOW factor with 1080p using the Google TV web browser at this and various other sites. Of course I am old and pretty hard to WOW.
     
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    How about movies, is there a big difference?

    Maybe this "WOW factor" is more evident when comparing pre- and post-HDTV television viewing. And that 720p and 1080p aren't so radically different.

    Maybe the new 4K HDTV is the new "WOW" technology of resolution compared to 720p/1080p. Which are as in widespread-use as color TV's were in the 1950's!

    I was thinking about purchasing a new 1080p HDTV in a few months, along with a new Chromebox. If there's not that much difference between 720p and 1080p, it might just be the Chromebox that I purchase. New 4K HDTV's are priced in the mid-four figures, or are just plain expensive.
     
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    This article mentions how the difference in resolution between 720p and 1080p is much more obvious on 50 inch (and larger) TV's. And though a 4K TV can "upscale" 1080p material, according to Bart*, upscaling negates much of the hardware advantage. "Much", though, is a relative word. The prices on UHD TV's have come down by such an amount, maybe a 10% boost in resolution beyond 1080p might be worth it for some.

    So I'm thinking a Chromebox combined with an at least 1080p 50" TV will be a step up above my current Logitech Revue connected to a 32" 720p TV. Depending on the difference in price between brand-name1080p TV's and UHD TV's, the latter might be the better choice. As there is very little content available in UHD, at least one can obtain a minimal boost above 1080p with 4K through upscaling.

    What Is 4K Ultra HD News Opinion PCMag.com

    (*read the lengthy comment by Bart on calculating resolution.)
     
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    The wow factor is heavily dependent on how the particular content "comes-through" in my experience. And that includes audio. Using the same hardware set-up, there can be a big difference from one individual movie played to another.

    Movies are the best test. It has less to do with whether you're viewing on a 720p or 1080p HDTV, and more to do with the individual content you're playing.

    A good test, it seems to me, would be to watch a Netflix movie that's being shown in Super HD and 5.0 DD+ audio on a 720p screen, and then compare it with watching the same exact movie on a 1080p HDTV screen. I'm guessing that there won't be any remarkable difference. Certainly not at a wow factor level.
     
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    I wouldn't buy one of those really cheap 4K sets but I am planning on a 4K TV when I need a new one, probably two or three years. I think replacing a 32" 720p set now with a 50" 1080p would be a big upgrade. The difference between a Chromebox and Logitech Revue won't add much if anything to the experience in my opinion, I prefer Google TV to a Chromebox for streaming online video although I like the Chromebox better for some things.

    I just replaced the power supply in my 50" 720p LG plasma, I like the picture a lot and hope it lasts several years.
     

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