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Your HDTV will accept interlaced material and will de-interlace it. On your computer your software player deinterlaces it, on your HDTV this is done in hardware. The quality of deinterlacing will depend on your HDTV. I have a Samsung, it is a good model, and with this I sometimes see traces of the interlacing in the video.
Thanks. I have a Vizio, for whatever that's worth. So basically there's nothing I can do that will affect the de-interlacing quality one way or another.
Just for educational sake... does my DVD player put out 480p (which would mean the DVD player is de-interlacing?), or does it still put out interlaced... what... 480i? It's a low-end, non-upscaling model.
An experiment I haven't tried is playing the DVD through my Xbox. I thought I read somewhere the Xbox would upscale a normal DVD to 720p. But my HDMI Xbox connection is 1080i. So I get a headache thinking what would happen there! :)
Your DVD will put out an interlaced signal which is what a standard TV expects. HDTV need to support legacy formats and so can deinterlace the DVD output.
Not sure about the Xbox.
If your DVD player has HDMI output, chances are that it upscales standard definition to high definition to feed to the TV.