Curtis (cjkline83) wrote in hometheater,
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High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection

So, this may be an inapropriate post, but seeing as how it deals with the new HDTV standard (ok, not that new), I thought those who did not already know might want to learn something new. I, myself, just found this out tonight as I've been totally ignorant of the HDTV standard, and now, all its hidden encrpytions.

Did you know, that most new HDTVs are equipped with High-bandwidth Ditial Content Protection? Windows Vista also employs this clever little hindrence. Basically, if the source device (say, a Blu-Ray player, or Windows Vista) deems your display or output device to be "compromised" or unable to support the DCP signal, you will automatically receive a downsampled output, instead of the content you, the end user, paid for.

I don't know about you, but I am simply outraged. I'm sure this all slipped under the noses of almost every end user, except those especially knowledgeable in the electronics market. I can see no viable reason for implementing such a cripling technology. It would be the same thing as your car equipped with a sensor, and if you didn't put the highest octane fuel in your tank, the car would refuse to start, or would run at a decreased speed.

Can anyone play devil's advocate and prove me wrong on this, for the sake of my sanity?
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