I have an HDTV that is capable of displaying content in 1080i format. I decided that I would bite on the opportunity and pick up a cheap DVD upscaler from Circuit City, so I can watch something in HD. I looked at one of the models on the shelves and it said it upscaled to 1080i, but only via HDMI. Well, I don’t have an HDMI connector on my HDTV, so I put it down, and moved on to the next model. Same thing. As I looked at all of the upscaling players, I noticed the trend. Someone has very intentionally disabled the ability to view HD content over component inputs.
I came home, to find out that the situation really is that sinister. From Wikipedia,
…high-definition digital video content must be restricted to DVD quality on non-HDCP compliant video outputs when requested by the source. DVD-Audio content is restricted to DAT quality on non-HDCP digital audio outputs (analog audio outputs have no quality limits).
Intel wants money, and they are doing something that really is wrong. They have jumped in bed with the courts to pass a regulation that restricts HD content from being broadcasted without being encrypted. It is so acinine for companies to form an alliance and adopt these kinds of technologies. Why does HD content have to be encrypted? So it can’t be viewed without having paid royalties to Intel first. But you as the consumer have already purchased rights to view your content by purchasing or renting your DVD. But that does not entitle you to watch it in an upscaled format. Intel wants extra money for that.
So, in order for me to view content in HD that I have already paid a license to view, I now have to pay for another license to view the same shit. Thanks a lot Intel. I knew I bought AMD for a reason…