Sorry, this is a very basic question.
I've been using a Roku for several years, but I don't have an HDTV. I've just been running the Roku into my SD TV via the SVID output. I'm now in the process of looking for an HDTV, and wanted to make sure the inputs on the TV were compatable. I notice that the Roku just has component output for HD, and not HDMI. If I understand correctly, when using component outputs, the Roku needs to be set to a resolution, ie 720p or 1080i.
If the native resolution of the HDTV is say 1080 (I'm thinking about getting a 1080p TV), would I be right that it is best to set the Roku on 1080i?
What is troubling me, is assuming that I am going to send it media that is sometimes 1080i and sometimes 720p, I assume that the Roku does an upscaling process to convert 720p into 1080i??? Or does it convert to 1080p?
Since in my experience, 720p seems to be superior to 1080i, might it be better to put the Roku in 720p mode, and let the TV do the upscaling to 1080P??? And in this case, I guess the Roku would be downscaling 1080i back to 720, but I'm not sure if it would be p or i ???
There is also a chance that instead of an HDTV, I might get a monitor and use a separate OTA ATSC tuner. These tuners seem to output component, again in either 720p or 1080i, and again I seem to have a choice of having this tuner either downconverting the 1080i to 720P or upscaling from 720 to 1080. Which is best. If I pass this through the Roku, when the Roku is turned off, I assume it doesn't care what mode is passed through?
As you can see, I am very confused about this upscaling process, and I'd appreciate a quick explanation of what the best way of dealing with this would be. I thought I was ready to purchase an HDTV, but I just realized that I have a lot to learn.
Thanks in advance.