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The time of HD over analog for Blu-ray players to end

updated 05:25 am EST, Tue January 11, 2011

HD over HDMI only, analog dead by 2013

As of January 1 2011, all Blu-ray players that reach the market will be Image Constraint Token enabled as per the industry AACS Adopter Agreement [pdf]. What this means is that new Blu-ray players will only be able to output high definition content over HDMI. Film studios will be able to embed an Image Constraint Token on their Blu-ray discs restricting the Blu-ray player from outputting the image in HD over an analog output, such as component. Instead, images will be sent over component will be constrained to a maximum resolution of 540p.

The move is part of a strategy that is designed to move consumers to digital-only connectivity so that by 2013 all analog outputs on Blu-ray players will be phased out. Studios have not been permitted to embed this technology into Blu-ray discs prior to December 31 2010, so discs purchased prior to this date will not have their image constrained. However, users will now need to look for the Image Constraint Token on the packaging of Blu-ray discs released after January 1 2011, if they still rely on component out for their Blu-ray player. [via Engadget]

by MacNN Staff





  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bag of hurt

    Older BR players will probably need yet again a new firmware update to play the latest titles, nice. External drives will also lose 1080p and not all PC drives are compatible, this really is a pain in the butt.

  1. driven

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why the change?

    Why the change now? Seems like it's going to cause a lot of headaches for folks, and slow down (again) the adoption of Blue Ray, just as it's starting to pick up.

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  1. write_thesis

    Joined: Dec 1969



    change maybe good too.

  1. srmoll

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No problem!

    No problem, there are HDMI to Component video converters out there.

    HDFury2 is one of them.

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yes sir, a Bag of Hurt

    Still want that Blu-ray player on your Mac?

  1. David Esrati

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A monitor is a monitor

    I'm one of those suckers who bought an early HD projection monitor-
    no HDMI.
    If the display does 1080i- why shouldn't component still be OK?
    Thanks for nothing-
    Guess I'll be in the market for either a new tv- or a component to HDMI adapter.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not a problem here

    I don't have a Blu-Ray player and don't see a need for one. My HD either comes from cable or download. Physical media is obsolete.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    they don't want component to output 1080i because then it's awfully easy to pirate a high-quality copy. Especially if you own a professional video capture card like BlackMagic or Aja, which are surprisingly affordable at the lower end.

  1. plc365

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the pirate bay

    they don't restrict output there...

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  1. Person Man

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: pirate bay

    We don't discuss piracy on these boards. Go elsewhere for that.

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