Originally Posted by Magick Man
I think he means scaling 480i to 4K, which could obviously be... problematic.
Problematic would be a polite way of putting it.
FP was something I ventured into before, and I didn't like having to dim the lights and put up with the typical projector nonsense just to watch a little TV.
Agreed, which is why I put it in quotes. I'll believe it when I see it. Otherwise, there's the 110" Samsung LED-LCD that's been claimed doesn't exist outside of demos, but you can still buy.
Sony and Sharp have 70-80" LCDs, I've yet to see an example that doesn't have uniformity problems. They also cost *a lot* for what they are.
I've seen the Samsung LFD walls before, even the "bezel-less" stuff they parade around with AMD is like watching through a fence.
As far as FP goes - projectors have improved a lot in the last decade, as has automation - setting up a Lutron or similar control scheme for the room's lighting + the PJ isn't the sole domain of million dollar rooms now. I'd honestly encourage you to check it out. That said, I agree with your point regarding watching TV, and my take would be to integrate a conventional television for non-cinema viewing (if you want to get super ritzy, go with a nice LCD and some motion furniture, fully automated setup - it'll switch displays on command, etc).
Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
OK - yeah - you are right - and I agree - I hate stretched content. There isn't any magic processing that is going to make 480i content look good on a huge theater screen. I would probably add that 480i with absolutely no upscaling will *also* suck on a big theater screen, so we're probably just looking for the lesser of two evils.
480i on a native screen will look fine up to a point (distance/size/luminence/etc define context) assuming fidelity is there to begin with. It's relative though - advertisers have done a great job in the last few years of obfuscating all of that and just focusing in on resolution (just like amplifiers only being marketed based on wattage).
If we're talking about a legitimate movie theater though, even 1080p can look bad.