Goodbye, HD component video

Posted on 18 February 2011 by Kevin Minke

Jim Willcox, the video expert at Consumer Reports, has released a farewell to our ability to get high-definition video via the analog component-video connections on Blu-ray players. This is due to Hollywood’s pirate-paranoia, that could leave up to 3 million law-abiding viewers with restricted choices or without the true HD option they paid for.

Hollywood studios now have the right to insert an ICT “flag” into a Blu-ray movie; if it detects that a player is using an analog connection that doesn’t support HDCP, it downconverts the video’s 1080p (1920 by 1080) native resolution to 960 by 540 (540p): better than DVD quality but only about one-quarter of full HD quality. This ensure that high-def video is available only through the copy-protected HDMI outputs.

As of January 1st of this year, manufacturers have not been permitted to make new Blu-ray players with component-video jacks capable of outputting high-definition (HD) video; instead, video sent via the component outputs is limited to SD (standard definition, either 480i or 576i).

For me I’m said as I do use my HD video component cables on my system because it provides me with the best picture experience with my receiver system not liking the HDMI as much as it should. For most of us this isn’t a huge problem as we already use HDMI on our newer TV and Entertainment Systems but for those that have older TVs that do not have HDMI, or who connect their source components to a receiver that has only component-video outputs. In the end these steps, I feel, are only going to effect those who use their systems legally, as there will be ways to copy from HDMI easier soon enough. Please stop making it easier for consumers to justify getting pirated material by making it more and more expensive just to use the products we already own.

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Source[Consumer Reports]

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