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Component Cutoff Hits December 31st, 2010  Print E-mail
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Written by Dick Ward   
Thursday, 18 February 2010

Just under a year from now, on December 31st, 2010, manufacturers will no longer be introducing any new hardware with alternate HD video outputs.  From that date on, it’s HDMI or nothing.  You’ll still be able to buy older component products until the end of 2013, but after that, it’s gone.

The idea here is to make all HD content go through HDMI connections.  It might not sound so bad until you find out that it’s not just happening to old hardware.  Thanks to Image Constraint Tokens, Blu-ray disc makers will be able to limit the way you send video signal.

If they choose to, they can use these tokens to eliminate your ability to output high definition video through non HDMI sources.  So it’s not just the new components that will be relegated to HDMI only, but the equipment you already own as well.

At the very least, if you’re hooking up with component, you’ll have to buy a new cable.  If you’ve got a more elaborate custom installation though, and you’re not using HDMI cables, you may have to change things up.

HDMI extenders through CAT 5 cables and wireless HDMI setups will play nicely with the Image Constraint Tokens, as will most if not all standard HDMI extenders.   If you’ve got an all component setup though, you could be in for a rough 2011.

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