Originally posted by hmurchison
You're ok. Neitehr format has enabled Image Constraint Token so you can indeed run HD over component.
I'll own both formats and I've always been clear about that and quite honestly I don't know who will win. I champion HD DVD because both formats were conceived primarily as a movie distribution format and HD DVD gives excellent HD quality for the lowest cost possible for all parties involved (Production side and consumer side)*
Blu-Ray is indeed a technological marvel but it is neither a fast optical format nor cheap and that's why I don't support it.** Technological superiority should yield a noticable improvement in quality.
*Indeed it--HD DVD--has a lower cost on the production side, but claiming it does on the consumer side in one instance (price of media), is entirely false, and in another instance (price of hardware) is very, very misleading. On the consumer side, price of media for Blu-ray and HD DVD is the SAME. As it pertains to hardware, the price of hardware is also the SAME, however, at this current moment, the hardware that will make it the SAME will not be out for another 4 months--the PS3. So, in general, as it stands currently and for only the next 4 months, HD DVD is indeed cheaper from a hardware perspective, BUT if you think 4 months is going to win a format war and solely based on cost, you are most certainly looking at this with a narrow perspective as content support(Blu-ray has more support), hardware support (Blu-ray has more support), and industry support(Blu-ray has more support), are all variables that will come into the equation. As I've been saying for a long, long time, cost does not trump all, especially when we are talking about an early adoption market.
**Blu-ray is a faster optical format than HD DVD, and again as far as cost goes from a consumer's perspective, is the SAME on the media side and and is also the SAME on the hardware side when you look at what both sides are offering or are going to offer. However, I'll give you the fact that for the next 4 months HD DVD will be cheaper from a hardware perspective. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Dfiler, to add to what Murch was saying in regards to ICT and how you will have the availability to watch HD over component, you won't have to be forced to "to replace thousands upon thousands of dollars of equipment for no reason" because you may keep all of your existing DVDs and enjoy them being upconverted as well. In addition, depending on what format you decide to go with, it should only cost you $499 and not thousands upon thousands with the availability of the HD-A1 from Toshiba or the PS3 from Sony.