1080p is apparently the Brigadoon of TV resolutions, always just out of reach. Because even HD-DVD and Blu-ray won't be able to dump out video in 1080i, 1080p will be the 11 of TV coolness... unattainable by most blokes and generally unusable. Manufacturers, it seems, are solely supporting...
...1080 format in actual use, 1920x1080i, a legacy digital format that has its roots in the older Japanese MUSE analog HDTV format of the 1980s. That's one big reason that 1080i has remained as a production and transmission format.
Read the entire article for a cavalcade of high-end TV claptrap.