After a fair bit of research I decided a Panasonic Plasma was the way to go and got one from Harvey Norman on the weekend, getting it for $1430 (down from $2k due to a sales at Noel Leeming and their matching price policy).
It;s a 42 inch, Full HD, model -TH-P42S10Z
I run MySkyHDi via an HDMI cable. After reading a fair bit re people getting ripped off paying $150 for a cable, i bought one new on Trade Me for $25, as many people have advised not to spend more than $30-40 for one.
Generally the picture quality on TV1, TV2 and TV3 is great, but have to say most of the remainder of the SKY product is pretty average. FYI -It has Freeview HD built in, but haven't the correct arial for that, so watch all channels through MySky.
I watched the Warriors the other day and spent the whole game thinking how crappy the picture quality was compared to how it was when i watched on the Philips. A bit blurry and fuzzy around the players bodies.
I just called SKY tonight and got the HD ticket, i watch a fair bit of English Football, NRL and Cricket and i know most of this is displayed in HD, but as yet haven't seen a game to compare.
I feel the picture quality is far greater on the older Philips, and I'm not that impressed (neither is the wife!)
The Wii doesn't look as good either, although i have ordered a 5 pin component cable which a mate of mine says has made his look a lot better. Currently looks a little pixelated.
Am i missing something here? Is there something i can tweak or do. Even the on screen SKY Guide looks a bit pixelated. Or is this just the way it is? Would welcome all comments and suggestions.