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Unread 02-26-2006, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default Next-Gen DVD Copy-Protection Debacle. Hollywood screws 3 million HDTV owners.

Wow...what a buncha bullshiat. If you're considering purchasing an HDTV, MAKE SURE YOU GET ONE THAT HAS HDMI & DVI CONNECTIONS!!!

In perhaps the greatest disservice to the general consumer market yet perpetrated by players in the electronic entertainment industry, it has been revealed that next-generation DVD technologies (HD-DVD and Blu-ray) will only function with monitors and HDTVs with HDMI or DVI connections.

What does that mean to you? If you purchased an HDTV more than a couple of years ago, chances are you are using Component Video (the red, green, and blue plugs) to connect HD sources to your TV. Component Video is an analog transmission, which means that it can't work with the absurdly stringent AACS copy-protection Hollywood has insisted be integrated into the new formats. Thus, no HDMI input on your TV, no hi-def DVD for you. If you don't have a compatible TV, you'll either receive a massively downgraded sub-720p resolution version of the content, or what the studios are suggesting, a warning screen followed by nothing.

Who's to blame for screwing some 3,000,000+ HDTV owners in America that were good consumers and early adopters who purchased TVs without HDMI? A group put together by the major movie studios called Advanced Access Content System (AACS). AACS was responsible for the Reuters report last week that speculated that Sony would miss its spring launch date for the PS3, due to the fact that the AACS had still not finalized the technicalities of the protocol. After a good six months of deliberation since version AACS v.0.9 was put into testing, and only 2 or 3 months away from the supposed release of the first HD-DVD and Blu-ray players, AACS has finally made the baby step of offering provisional licensing to the likes of Sony, Toshiba, and the other early manufactures of hi-def DVD solutions.

The rest of the story is at the link...
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Unread 02-26-2006, 07:26 PM   #2
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WTF? I'm one of those 3 million that got a HDTV! This means it'll be frickin' useless except to watch older DVD's.

Hopefully, after about six months someone will come out with a "box" to rectify this problem.
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