If it's a tube it's only 1080i. Anything progressive scan will be converted to 1080i automatically. And I can tell you, 1080i CAN be transmitted over a component cable, so as long as you have those connections on your TV, you're good either way.
awesome! looked more closely and the component can do 1080i. Perhaps I'm all set for the next gen just need to buy an hdmi converter or cable. already have a dvi cable. all these cables are crazy expensive. got my dvi cable for 50 a while ago when i was messing with pluggin my comp into it. the dvi-hdmi plug is 30. oh well. that's technology.