New member
Aug 10, 2019
hi, im looking to get a new tv soon somewhere in the range of 46"-50", ive been looking alot at the DLP tvs and in particular the samsung ones such as the SP-50L6HD , does this tv have 1080p or 1080i though? i have seen some other DLP tvs that have 1080i but not 1080p, does it make that much difference to the picture quality? i will be playing sky+ and PS3 through it and so i want something that will play to a high quality, any advice on which tv would be good to get for an affordable price or any other dlps i shud look at, or an answer to any of my questions?

Andrew Everard

New member
May 30, 2007
Once, not so long ago, rear-projection TVs such as this were a budget way of getting a big screen. Now, with plasma prices in freefall to the point where you can buy an HD-ready 1080i-capable true flatscreen for £1000 or not much more, rear-projection TVs such as the Samsung DLPs, excellent though they are, look a bit dinosaur-like.

They're bulkier, they have to be used on stands - no way you're going to hang them on the wall! - and they have lamp life expectancy similar to conventional projectors (which given they're a projector shining onto the back of a screen via a mirror is hardly surprising). That means something in the region of a couple of hundred quid (if you're lucky) for a new lamp after 2000-3000 hours' use (again, if you're lucky). So with four hours's use a night, you could be into a new lamp after around 18 months to two years.

The plasma should still be going in about 20 years' time.

Rant mode now off.

No, 1080i/1080p won't make any difference with Sky+, or indeed Sky HD, but may with the PS3, with those games output in 1080P. They'll still work fine into a 1080i, and unless you sit really close to the screen I don't think you'll notice any difference between interlaced and progressive working.


New member
Jan 24, 2008
Hi Folks

Has anything changed are they slimmer now, and what about the lamp life, has that improved. TIA

Yours Technomancer