Will Need HDMI Connections
Washington, D.C. (January 12, 2011)
-- If you're buying a new Blu-ray player this year, make sure
your High-Definition TV has an HDMI input.
That may seem obvious to most people who have purchased a
high-def set in the past few years; newer model sets come with
at least one HDMI port. But many older sets, dating back to the
early 2000s, only have Component connections.
And now the studios are invoking a clause in their content
agreements that will require new Blu-ray players to only output
HD content via HDMI cables, reports the web site Electronista.
The move was first threatened several years ago, but the studios
dropped the idea when early HDTV owners protested. However, the
studios are concerned that pirates can too easily make illegal
copies of Blu-ray movies if they are transmitted over Component
The studios will now be able to include technical specs on their
discs that will prevent a Blu-ray player to display an HD image
over a Component line. Electronista writes that movies displayed
over Component lines will be restricted to 540p video, which is
below normal HD standards.
Blu-ray discs purchased before 2011 can not include the
Component restrictions. So, your current library of Blu-ray
movies will still work fine with an HDTV that does not have an
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