Originally Posted by winterspan
The requirement of HDCP for high definition digital video outputs is a given; there shouldn't be an argument there as it is standard practice on HD-DVD players, Blu-Ray players, and all new computers for playback of copywritten HD video content. Let's us not debate this, but instead focus on the primary issue here!
The **REAL ISSUE**
here is that HDCP is ONLY
intended to restrict the DIGITAL OUTPUT
of specifically HIGH DEFINITION
material. The idea being that they want to keep people from being able to make a perfect high-definition copy by intercepting the video stream to a recording device.
Therefore:If you attempt to play 720P/1080P HD content on a display that is:
a) connected via DVI or HDMI, and does NOT not support HDCP technology
b) connected via an analog cable (RCA composite, RGB component, S-Video)
the HD video source is supposed to be *downsampled* to standard definition 480P and then transmitted normally. In other words, the content WILL STILL BE TRANSMITTED NORMALLY --- just not in high definition.
If everybody else is jumping off the bridge you might as well too??? That's all you have to say.
The real issue is HDCP on my machine. Any CP that in introduced is repressive to the community. Just because something is standard practice (say, racial profiling) doesn't make it right. It inhibits our rights as individuals. It is also used, as a practice, to force technological upgrade by the end user. It does little to stifle piracy.
As a T-wolves fan (NBA for you unknowers) I have always been a T-wolves apologist. It seems though this year there are no excuses, I am tired of making them for the team, I can no longer apologize for them.
Apple, I have apologized for, countless times, they have been the ones to fight the evil of CP. It seems though I can no longer apologize for a company that is no longer looking out for it's LOYAL customer base. As soon as the switchers came, guess what Apple became...a switcher. It's like having a beautiful Mac Pro, but on the inside it's slowly rotting away to Windows.