HDMI - Irrelevant until at least 2010?


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Cesar over at TeamXbox (an IGN site) has an interesting take on why HDMI may not matter for movie playback or video games until at least 2010.

[Update] - OK, here is the scoop on HDMI. HDMI is digital connection that transmits data (video, audio, etc) in a secure format. It is designed to thwart the theft of digital intellectual property. Nearly all HDTV's sold in stores today are HDMI compatible. One year ago only high end HDTV's had the adapter (and even fewer the year before). So why does the world need HDMI all of a sudden? Well, we really don't. The data transmission is really no better than HD Component cables. This whole format is being driven by piracy - the inability of IP owners to protect their property using current technology. Studios have given consumers motivation to "upgrade" to HDMI by threatening to downgrade the video resolution on HD DVD and BluRay discs if you are not using the HDMI ecosystem (which includes archaic acronyms such as HDCP, AACS, and ICT). Theoretically, someone with HD Component cables, an HDTV, and a HD DVD player may only get standard DVD resolution when watching a movie. That is why it is a big deal that, according to the article at TeamXbox, movie studios and manufacturers will not downgrade movies (via the Image Constraint Token) until at least 2010. Therefore, the Xbox 360 (with no HDMI cable yet released) and the PS3 (only the $600 version has HDMI, the $500 version lacks it) will still be able to be used as High Definition video players.

Here is another article saying that Cesar at TeamXbox may be right. And another one here.


3 Responses to “HDMI - Irrelevant until at least 2010?”

  1. Anonymous glenn 

    I have no idea what HDMI is or means . . . and I'm too lazy to read that long article!

    Could you break it down for a lo-fi techie like me?

  2. Anonymous glenn 

    The corporations are trying to jack us again!

    It's cool that we won't have to fear HDMI "sanctions" until around '10, but that only gives us 3.5 years . . .

  3. Anonymous PJ 

    Some people say that this Image Constraint Token may not be implemented until 2012, or possibly later. Also, it is up to individual movie studios to implement the technology on their movie discs, so it will probably be a very slow evolution. Can you imagine the PR problems for the first studio to "test the waters"?

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