I think the clip just sucked, it's not as if I was comparing similar scenes. Still, the only difference I noticed was that it was bigger and more demanding. Maybe I need a bigger monitor. Pixels get PRETTY small at 1920x**** on a 19" CRT. Even running my normal 1600x1200, I couldn't tell the difference between my 272i, 480i/p (whatever normal DVDs are), 720p or 1080i clips. Well a slight difference between my 272i and the res, but that's due to a massive re-encoding more than anything else. And whaddya expect shrinking ~6GB of movie into 700MB. I notice much more of the re-encoding artifacting effects on my normal TV, despite the fact that I don't (well, no longer) have digital cable. It's probably because I notice aliasing a lot, but video footage really doesn't have it, just like it has motion blur so 24fps can look as smooth at 60fps. Gaming I notice a HUGE difference at different resolutions and AA/AF (moreso on AA) settings. Any monitor that can do 1280x720 is "HD ready" (it can show 720p video). Anything that can do 1920x1080 (1080p, though movies will be at 1080i and then have the frequency upsampled to 60hz or whatever you're running at) can run the higher of the two HD resolutions. However AFAIK no display in the States is HDCP-compliant (or compatible or whatever it would be) at this point. To me, high-def is just an overmarketed buzzword (or phrase, I suppose). So I guess HDCP won't mean much to me, if all it'll do is downsample HD quality to probably the equivalent of standard DVD when on an non-HDCP compliant display. Still, if you pay four grand or more for a new uber-TV and then Microsoft and the boys in the two HD optical format camps go and tell you that you can't have the best image quality, yer going to be just a bit irked. Of course, the concept doesn't really make sense. What the heck does your TV have to do with you using legitimate content? Pirated stuff won't have HDCP protection, much like it doesn't have Macrovision, region coding or u-POPs now. Just another way to do absolutely nothing to stop piracy (and encourage it more if anything) and piss off legitimate consumers. Almost as smart as the "if you're using pirated windows, you'll get a discount on your legal purchase" idea.