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component video inputs

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by syreed, Aug 14, 2004.

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  1. syreed

    syreed New Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    I am considering the purchase of a Directv HR10-250
    My tv has only component video inputs.
    The future threat of down-rezzing the signal
    once it leaves the digital domain
    would substantially de-value my investment.

    Any Advice?


    Sy H.
  2. geodon005

    geodon005 New Member

    Mar 10, 2004
    I have a HD TiVo and use my TV's component video inputs with no downgrading of signal quality. Are you saying that your component video inputs will not handle 720p or 1080i signals?
  3. jpoklop

    jpoklop AllStar

    Jan 20, 2004
    I think he is referring to the ability to force the component output to 480p via a broadcast flag. This is to prevent recording of hi-res data. The HDMI port supports HDCP (copy protection) which can be set to only allow the full resolution when connected to another HDCP device. When using the component output, your TV can not authenticate itself so if the broadcasters turn on the HDCP flag (for ppv for example) you will only get 480p.

    Right now, the FCC has mandated that all broadcast material not have the flag turned on. Since services like HBO-HD and Showtime-HD are technically not "broadcast" the rule is a little murky. Due to the number of people with older HD sets which don't support HDCP, I doubt we will see it used very much outside PPV events. The public outcry against having spent $1000s of dollars for an EDTV set would be more than most providers want to deal with.
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