Originally Posted by Selden Ball
Personally, I've found various models of Sony's Blu-ray players to upscale reasonably well.
You also can try your TV's builtin upscaler by sending it a signal that hasn't already been upscaled to 1080p. Any input video signal which does not match a TV's native resolution has to be upscaled.
I went ahead and got the Sony, as I was able to get one for free with my Reward Points.
It arrived today, and I honestly wasn't expecting much. I thought it would look about the same as the PS3. I am pleasantly surprised to see a marked improvement!
I tested out my 1959 Twilight Zone DVD, as they are sourced from film and should show how capable it is at upscaling when it is fed good material. Well, it looks great with lots of detail (looks like an ok Bluray). I took some photos with my phone, which I am sure is not a very scientific or accurate way of going about it, as what I was seeing is better than the detail and color captured in the photo.
I then tested my 1980's Twilight Zone, which is not a very good source at all. These were filmed then edited on video, so they only had the video available for transfer. These never looked that good, but the Sony BDP1700 seemed to make them much more tolerable (I wasn't expecting miracles here).
Lastly I tried my Tales From The Crypt DVDs, which were giving my PS3 fits with de-interlacing (photo attached). I think the 1700 is a little more quick in locking in between film and video mode (or whatever was causing this issue) between the jump-cuts, as I can't really notice any interlacing artifacts even if I go frame by frame. I also noticed the picture was quite improved compared to when I watched it on the PS3.
Overall, I'd say I am pretty happy with the 1700's upscaling capabilities.