Originally Posted by faberryman
If your display is not 720p, then your display or video processor will have to convert the download to the native resolution of your display which, in most cases, is 1080i/1080p, adding another layer of video conversion. Query: doesn't Apple convert SDs from 480i to 720p and HD/BD from 1080i to 720p. Why not let your display or video processor handle the conversion from 480i to its native resolution in one step. Is 1080i really that much more bandwidth than 720p, which would eliminate video conversion altogether. Apple needs to upgrade the Apple TV to 1080i.
I guess downloading movies is okay for those tha t"gotta have it NOW." I think Netflix is a better proposition. Three movies, including HD and BD, out at a time for $16.99 a month, which is the cost of 4-6 downloads. If you watch a lot of movies, downloading movies isn't very economical. It is easier than running out to get a movie though. I've had cable for years and have never watched a pay for view movie.
By the way, isn't it great that you ONLY get stereo for SD with Apple downloads. Whoppee!
When downloads go directly to PC or a Mac the only limitation is the resolution of the source material. I was on the Blu-ray forum and I was suprised how many people didn't know that all PC monitors are progressive scan and 24fps means nothing. There are no interlaced signals in PC at all, so if my resolution is 1900x1080 that's just what it is (as long as my monitor is capable of it).They were shocked at what a good computer was capable. Some people thought that there were no "1080p" capable monitors - I gave a small list, its actually much bigger and most video cards (nvidia 8 series) are all capable of resolutions higher than HD (the note on the box that says 1080i is only if you hook it up to an HDTV-if you hook it up as a monitor you get past that limitation). Computer monitors deal with dot pitch, maximum resolution, and refresh rate. Thats why computer monitors look so much better than TV's and you can experiment more with them - Thats why computer people have been upconverting dvd for over 7 years! I have watched many pay per view movies on cable - I use it as a way to see if I want to buy it or not.