One thing I thought about....is how many times the original video is being scaled.
We're still dealing with scaling issues.
Now...I'm going to give you some examples.
You get a 480 DVD....play it on a Blu ray player. 480 gets UPSCALED to 1080 and the TV set recieves it at 1080. No more scaling required.
You get a Blu Ray...play it at 1080. It comes off the disc at 1080, sent out the Blu Ray at 1080, recieved by the TV at 1080 and delivered to the TV screen at 1080.
(and of course you ask why the background is blurry)
No scaling changes at all....yet some blocks in the background ? There is a big difference in blurry/out of focus versus blocky /pixellated background, but the FIX involves taking your Blu Ray player and cloudy -background DVD over to a friend's house and playing it on their HDTV.
See if the Blu Ray disc behaves the same way on somebody else's TV.
And don't go over to your friend that has the 27 inch HDTV, take it over to the buddy with the 60 incher. Lets see if the pixellation is showing up, ok?
Now....here's the most important example --
Playing a 1080 DVD on a Blu Ray that's scaling it DOWN to 480, then scaling it UP to 1080.
There's that wrench again....
And I'm pretty sure this is why it looks so bad.
Listen, you really want to avoid upscaling...downscaling...upscaling.....downscaling...upscaling etc etc.
Every time you upscale or downscale you are actually LOSING video information from the scaling process. You take a 1080 resolution picture and jam it into a 480 picture.
2 million Pixels jammed into 345,600 pixels....then 345K pixels reinflated to 2 million pixels. Pictures don't like that, and they suffer loss of information being scaled down, the back up.
I know thats the reason why a Blu ray played at 480 looks like....well you know.
So, when it really comes down to it, I think you should take your Blu Ray over to a friends house....look at the clouds in 1080. Then look at the blu ray picture scaled down to 480.
The one I want to know is how the clouds look on 1080 at your friends home.
I know it'll take some time, but I really don't want you buying a board for your TV set, only to find out that the blu ray may be causing those clouds to look like.....well you know.
I think I've watched a little too much of Gordan Ramsay on Kitchen Nightmares today....how does he get away with saying that on TV?
Can you hook up with one of your buddys in the next week and try that Blu Ray test at 1080 and 480 ?