My local Costco has a real deal on a nice big screen plasma TV right now. It's not an "OMG, I NEED THIS" sort of price but it's sweet enough to make me consider it.
It's a 50 inch 720P screen. Now I know that it's all about 1080P right now but let me tell you a story....
I was in the local Future shop checking things out for some comparisons and saw a few 42 to 55 inch 1080P sets sitting next to the same size 720P sets running the same feed. And two of them were the THX demos so that should be a pretty good signal. Now when I was down to within 5 feet from them the 1080's were obviously better. But when I moved back to around 15 feet my fuzzy eyesight (I'm borderline for needing glasses to drive) could not see any difference outside of when serious motion was taking place where there was the tiniest bit of scintillation in the 720 that wasn't visible in the 1080. One of the pairs I was watching was a pair of 50's with Episode 2 of Starwars running. At 15 feet they look identical. Even during the action scenes. No scintillation effects on this pair. But the other was a wilderness documentary. So that may have something to do with it.
So am I out to lunch to think that with my eyesight limitations make it OK to go with "just" a 720P TV set? Will I miss out on something extra when I eventually get a blueray or HD disc player? Keep in mind that this has nothing to do with the disc and screen ability but everything to do with the reality of my slightly less than perfect vision. If I can't see the "improvement" then what's the point is my thinking.