Now that you have your high definition television you may be sights on a new HD DVD or Blu-Ray high definition video player, once the prices drop. These players promise superior video quality.
However, not on all televisions are capable of playing these discs in high definition.
High-bandwidth digital-content protection (HDCP) is a specification developed by Intel for protecting digital entertainment content. HDCP encrypts the transmission of digital content between the video source ( e.g. computer or DVD player) and the display (e.g. monitor, television or projector)
The problem is that HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc players will allow content providers to only output full-resolution signals using HDCP. If such a player is connected to a non-HDCP-enabled television set and the content is downsampled 960x540p signal, or standard DVD quality.
Many high-definition television sets currently in use in the United States that do not have an HDMI port (XBox360's as well) are not HDCP-capable. This initially negates the key benefits of HD-DVD and Blu-ray for those consumers.
In order to see HDTV with HDCP using a DVI connection, both the source and display devices must be enabled for HDCP. So, if you are thinking about a high definition display and want to play the next generation discs on it, your best bet is to make sure it has an HDMI port.
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