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Blu-ray Will Need HDMI Connections
By Swanni

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 lines.

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 HDMI port.

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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TVPredictions.com. He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at swann@tvpredictions.com or at 703-505-3064.

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