I did some interesting calculations: - I noticed that overwhelming majority of Blu-ray releases want to be true to the cinema format so they are no longer released in 16 : 9 (1 to 1.78) but in 1 to 2.5 (that is an equivalent of 16 : 6.4) or higher. - There are no production, large 1080p screens (65” and higher). There are only promises for next year with undisclosed (probably exorbitant) price. So you’re stuck with 720p (unless you want to take the projector route). - When you watch the new BD movies, you get the large black bands. Since the screen cannot show anything more than 720p the effective resolution of what you’re seeing is 1920 x 512 (do the math yourself). - The resolution of a standard DVD is 852 x 480 and they are mostly sticking with 1 to 1.78 format so practically there is no image quality difference watching a BD movie vs. the corresponding DVD on a 720p screen. I do not think that most of us really care about the part of the original movie format image that we loose when cropped to 16 : 9 format. I trade that anytime for not seeing the black bands.