I always try to get high quality/transparent HD encodes (internals on HDB or failing that golden popcorn on PTP.) however, if im being honest im really fine with even a 480p encode that potplayer has automatically upscaled
i just like to always have a HDB or AHD internals for my Movies and Series.
and i like to have 1080p ones but if 1080p be scene then i go with 720p from HDB/AHD internals.
but the sad truth for me is that i'm barely notice difference between a shitty encode for example a movie that TayTO encoded it's 1080p and it's size is about 14 GiB and some encodes that can be found on RARBG or other public places like that which is a 1080p encode with maximum 3-4 GiB size. i mean i can see the difference when i see a comparison screenshots of them side by side. but if i didn't know about quality one, i was fine with the shitty one too...
it may be because of that i'm watching them in a 16.5 inch laptop not a 50 inch TV or bigger.
since i view my content on TV, i go with SD because lack of space on my server, on a big TV i see no much of a difference and is also good for sync, as per movies i go DVD-RIP and B-rip, i only go higher if i have no choice ..
It all depends what I am actually downloading. If I know it is a good tv series or movie then I will try to get a higher quality video. For my daily tv viewing I rarely go over 720p, but then for season packs I can go higher.
In the past whatever resolution would fit on a 700MB disk would be enough. I slowly moved to 720p and 1080p as HDDs and high resolution screens became cheaper. Now it depends on the display I'm watching the media on. If it's my computer or TV then 1080p it's the desired quality but if it's my laptop, 720p it's more than enough. This applies to porn as well.
I have a somewhat dated setup with Kodi on a jailbroken Apple TV 2 on WiFi reading from some NAS’es... so i’m still a big fan of SD, keeps the buffering away. Honestly cant tell the difference in a lot of cases anyway. ?
And half of the time i want to watch that certain movie NOW and dont have the time or will to wait for a 30-40-50 GB Blu-ray or whatever to download. The other half of the time i have one or two kids climbing on me and/or yelling/fighting and pissing me off royal and then i definitely cant tell the difference.
I have a 50" TV and I was always grabbing 1080p encodes, as I presumed that would provide the best viewing experience. Then I found this graph and realised I'm wasting my time as I sit over 3m away from my TV so there's no noticeable difference between 720 and 1080p. Now I just grab the best 720p version I can. When I upgrade the size of my TV then I'll have a rethink. Also, when it comes to films I'm not overly fussed about, I find I prefer a decent Web-DL over a 720 scene release as the picture seems to be better. It might just be me and/or my TV though but I'm not a fan of scene releases.
I mostly download sd quality. some times I go for hd, though, if its a grand movie/show. planet earth, for nstance, was something I felt deseverved 1080p
my tv is only 49 inches, so I rarely notice any difference from 576 to 1080p
If it's a movie I'll watch more than once I usually pick the 1080p transparent encode. I watched a few series in 576p but I think I'd pick 720p now, as the difference is quite showing IMO.
For animation I usually stick to 720p.
1080p scene. I used to go for 1080p internals but due to a combination of filesize and waiting longer for them to come out I went back to regular scene 1080p. However if I really like the movie and if it's available I'll grab a 4k disc. But mostly 1080p.
1080p internal encodes - however, if several comments are made that it skip in one or more episodes, or colors are off or annoying logo or bars or whatever the case might be, and there's supposedly a better 720p I'll grab that, believing the comments and not bothering checking for myself. 99% however that's not the case so mostly i'm going with 1080 whenever possible