# Does TV resolution hints we are living in a loop? [closed]

Let's assume our minimum meaningful resolution on black and white TV is 480P, the permutation of each frame possible to be displayed is still quite big, but still finite. A 1080P colour TV gives much bigger permutation but still finite. Say at time `T0` turn on the TV and let it render all possible frames, the time it takes to render all possible frames by the TV is `(T1 - T0)`, so after `T1`, any frames displayed on the TV would have been displayed during `(T0 -> T1)`. Of course we don't live that long to see it but I am interested to see what your thoughts are.

Note: minimum meaningful resolution I meant is the resolution small enough to differentiate most events on the screen.

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