START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated January 2020)
(2017-10-28, 09:07)Nightwatch Wrote: So what options do I have if I want to watch SD (480p) content?  Setting the Kodi GUI to 480p (assuming that's even an option) is going to look terrible. 
If you want the best out of 480p content then buy Intel or even a NVIDIA Shield and use the high quality software upscalers in Intel LibreELEC Kodi Krypton or SPMC (Kodi Jarvis 16.1) on the Shield. However you will be continually, manually fiddling with Android and Kodi settings on the Shield for optimal 480p, 1080p and 4K HDR outputs. SPMC uses Lanczos3 - optimised, not sure about the software upscalers used with Intel LibreELEC.

AMLogic LibreELEC will use Hardware upscaling 480p > 720/1080p if you set a GUI resolution of 720/1080p If you have a 4K TV the TV will then further hardware upscale 720/1080p > 4K. Results visually look fine to me on all AMLogic Hardware I've tested. As I said you just throw video content at AMLogic OSMC/LibreELEC devices and let them do their auto manipulation.

No amount of upscaling manipulation is going to magically improve what is these days - low bitrate 480p video content vs 1080p Bluray bitrates.

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