HD Component to be chopped.

In its ever increasing paranoia about piracy, the industry looks set to finish HD output through component sockets by no longer fitting them on playback devices from the 31st December 2010. Any equipment supplied with component sockets after that date will not show anything higher than SD resolutions (480 or 576i).

Insisting that HDMI should be the only way to transmit HD pictures after that time, there is even the possibility that discs will come encoded with something called “An Image Constraint Token”, which will turn off HD output from the players that already have existing component sockets fitted. This includes set top boxes offering HD content also.



HDMI has been a huge pain to installers across the World as multi-room systems struggle to work correctly with the many HDMI glitches such as - failure to support long distance transmissions without the cost of expensive cables, repeaters and balancers, displays not receiving correct handshake recognition resulting in loss of picture, picture breakdown and the list goes on somewhat. Component on the other hand exhibited very little to none of those particular problems, so its loss will be seen as a disappointment.

Still, welcome to the digital age, no one said it was perfect!



Freesat hits the ground running with free HD transmissions



OK, so it's not Freeview HD, so you'll still have to buy the box and dish, but it is free after that. (
Click here to read about what exactly FreeSat aand FreeSat HD are).

BBC and ITV's answer to SkyHD "
FreeSat" looks pretty good. They hope to have a massive 300 channels by Christmas along with around twenty HD channels. All of which will be completely gratis. Which we like a lot.

The
Humax box - called The Fox - is nice and small, features Component and HDMi and are configured to both work at the same time giving you the choice. It also has a Digital sound output and so when broadcast you can expect to get Dolby 5.1 to plumb into your surround system.



Priced at £150.00 for the box we think it will catch on fast.

The War is over




The War is over and it is completely official. HD DVD is dead. That is to say the consortium that produced the HD DVD the format is dead.

High Definition is however very much alive but now only in the shape of Blu-Ray.

Most people will already be very aware of this fact, however there are still a couple of niggling things that mean you should hold off just a bit longer before buying that Blu-Ray player.

The most important one of these is the fact that there are still a firmware update or two to come our way. These are the scripts that run on the machine to make them deal with the extras correctly and connect to the internet the way that HD DVD did. This should be sorted soon, but in the mean time, only PS3 players will be updated easily.

So, the rest of you..... "stand by your beds - and be patient!"