Component Video Being Kicked Out

Written by John Ponio    Monday, 21 February 2011 16:35

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In an effort to "curb piracy," since the first of the year Blu-ray player manufacturers have not been allowed to (by the AACS) have component connections on their devices. This is because, according to them, component makes their movies easier to pirate because it's an analog signal. If you're using a digital signal, they can "secure" their movies with HDCP (high-bandwidth digital content protection).This is funny because their movies can just as easily be copied on a computer, thanks to the security keys being cracked. Keep in mind that this is only for component, so if you're using HDMI or Displayport for your computer system or home theater, you'll be fine. If you're using component connections for your home theater, it might be time to upgrade. With this new ban on component, they're going to be using an ICT (image constraint token) embedded in the video stream from a Blu-ray disc to force the players to downconvert 1080p content to 540p (960 by 540). The big problem, on Hollywood's side, is that studios will have to include this ICT on their discs. This means that not every new Blu-ray title will have it. It also leaves older/current Blu-ray titles the same, meaning they can play 1080p via component just fine. If you'd like to read a little more detail on this, check this out.