Bob got home from a long day at work, ready to crack open a beer and watch a new Blu-ray disc on his Home Theater in Los Angeles. Bob was definitely a Techy at heart, having purchased his HDTV about 6 years ago. He was using a Component Video connection from his Blu-ray player to his TV, as his TV did not have any HDMI inputs. That didn’t bother
Bob one bit, as he knew that a Component Video connection was still an HD connection to his TV, albeit an older one. This time when he turned on his TV however, something was definitely wrong. The picture didn’t have nearly the crispness it had last night. All the characters in the movie seemed fuzzy an undefined. The darker sequences of the movie no longer had any depth to them and were instead much flatter and unrefined. He put in the second of the 3 blu-ray discs he purchased and saw similar results. After the 3rd disc was in, he knew something was definitely wrong. Bob realized is HD picture was not an HD picture at all.
Bob is just a typical example of what many people faced beginning January first of 2011. Beginning in January, a process was set in motion to that will phase out analog HD component video connections forever on all HD players and may even affect HD boxes from TV providers such as DirecTV, Timer Warner and Verizon. This will affect all Home Theater in Los Angeles and beyond.
The first step of this process has already begun. Any new Blu-ray players or other media player manufactured after January 1st, 2011 will have component video outputs that play standard definition material only, if they will play anything at all. This will eventually roll into no media player of any kind will have Component Video inputs by the end of 2013.
Think you are immune if you purchased your Blu-ray or other media player 3 years ago with a Component Video connection to your TV? Not so fast! The second part of this process that will affect everyone with a legacy player is the Studio’s ability to engage an “Image Constraint Token” on any blu-ray disc or other physical media they release. If the ICT is put on a disc or other physical media, the output of the movie will only be standard definition via the component video output, regardless of when the device was purchased.
The good news is that the component video outputs of boxes from your favorite pay for TV providers (DirecTV, Time-Warner, Verizon) are regulated by a different standard and are therefore immune to this problem. Thus, Bob and people like Bob still have HD content they can consume with their older HD TVs.
Now what about those more affluent home owners with a central A/V rack full of equipment in addition to their Home Theater systems? Sure they have an HDMI connection going from there blu-ray player to their main TV in their theater, but what about all those other TVs in their home that they watch movies on? They are hooked up with a component video connection, and they will have a much more complicated problem on their hands.
Their solution? Contact Technospeak at 855-TECHSPK (855-832-4775) or [email protected] where we have the answers to this and other A/V problems consumers may have. At Technospeak, we take the Techy out of Technology.