I'm not sure what's up with the trend of people proudly proclaiming they can't notice the difference between different resolutions. Um, good for you? Me, I could see individual pixels in my old 15 inch 1024x768 monitor from 2.5 feet away. I'm not a freak of nature. I have slightly worse
than 20/20 vision. But going from 480i to 1080i (CRT in both cases) with the same 34" screen size and the same 6 foot (more or less) viewing distance was a earthshaking difference noticeable not just to me, but to almost everyone who saw it.
Hell, I remember when the argument was that HD sucks (particularly for porn, but also in general) because you could easily see skin imperfections, the cheap props used in Star Trek, etc. Too much detail was supposedly ruining things... but now the argument is the exact opposite? And some people have even started pulling pseudo-scientific charts out of their asses showing the supposed screen sizes and viewing distances at which different resolutions become indistinguishable (the first thing you notice is the proscribed viewing distances are completely insane, like 11+ feet for a modest screen size.)
My current theory about all of this is that the compression used in online streaming video has you all extremely confused. Or possibly it's because most LCD screens still
tend to look weird and indescribably shitty compared to 1080i CRT or 1080p plasma. Or perhaps the upscaling algorithms have become too good--to claim that 4k or HD is a waste, you have to compare 480p native to 1080p native, not 1080p (480p upscaled) to 1080p native.
High bitrate 1080p at 34" should be appear as an instant and impressive improvement over high bitrate, non-upscaled 480p even at 10 feet.
Sitting six feet away from a 37" 1080p TV set to 720p in Windows (otherwise I can't even read the small text), I can watch a 480p video without feeling like I'm losing anything.
Please find an ophthalmologist before it's too late. That goes for everyone who modded this up, too.