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Warner to down – rez component from HD DVDs

March 28th, 2006 · No Comments

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It’s looking increasingly likely that Warner Home Video has chosen to disable the high definition component output on ‘at least some’ of its first batch of discs, including Batman Begins and Walk The Line. Both HD DVD and players allow Studios to dictate whether the component outputs, the only way to deliver high definition on older flatpanels and projections which lack HDMI or DV-I connectivity, offer standard or high definition.
The issue has split the Hollywood community, with Fox, Sony, Paramount and Disney arguing to keep the HD output available for early adopters. Says Fox’s Andy Setos: “We want to respect the consumer, especially the early adopter. We’ve made that know to AACS. We don’t support down-resolution from component. That cheats the consumer.”
It’s feared that confusion over whether a next gen movie title will actually play HD on certain player/screen combinations will generate considerable bad word of mouth for the new formats.
In the US, it’s expected that just 15% of new flatscreens sold will include digital connectivity. “If you buy an HD player and only get standard definition from your connection, then what do you have? A very expensive DVD player!” argues Sony Senior Vice-President Tim Baxter.

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

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