Goodbye Component - From Now On Only HDMI Will Do HD

Posted Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 07:00 AM PST by Dick Ward

Analog video is on the way out. Blu-ray players and discs both will be limiting you to HDMI only in the future.

Most Blu-ray fans really won't be affected by the news that they won't be able to use component cables any more, but for those with existing component setups, in-wall installations or more lengthy cable runs, the news is big.

New Blu-ray players - those announced after January 1, 2011 - will only output HD via the HDMI output. Component and composite outputs are still included, but you'll only be getting a standard definition picture, up to 540p.

If you're worried about losing your analog outputs altogether, your concern is justified. Starting in 2013, players will output via HDMI and nothing else.

Source: Engadget

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Tags: Industry Trends, High-Def Retailing, Blu-ray Players, HDMI, Component (all tags)