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ICT free HD-DVD & Blu Ray movies until 2010

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  1. Darksaber

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    ICT stands for Image Constrain Token, which lets the user watch a high definition movie (either HD-DVD or Blu Ray) only if a protected path (for example: HDMI) is used. If an analog source or display is used, that movie would be downgraded in resolution. Seems like the Studios have agreed to hold off the implementation of ICT. So owners of the Xbox 360, small PS3 and HD-ready Television sets without HDMI can breath a sigh of relieve for the next four years. But keep in mind this is not an official move by the studios. I for one am happy to be able to use my Dell 2405FPW for HD content for the next four years - hopefully.

    Source: Engadget
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    Hope buy then a HDTV will be cheap enough for us all.
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    I think by then a new standard will come out, making HD-DVD and BluRay obselete *G*

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    i have no idea what this mean can some one explain this for a stupid person like me
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    the new formats use copy protection. The movie will only play on your TV if it is played thru a secure cable. So if your player has a HDMI plug, and your TV one as well, the Audio/Video is sent directly to the TV at full resolution. If you use a analog or non secure connection: component from the Xbox 360 or DVI on your HD-LCD TV...the movie is downsampled to normal DVD resolution (i think). So if you want to copy the movie, you would need to use a source which is not encrypted...but by doing so, you will not get the resolution of a HD-DVD or BluRay movie. But even if you do not want to copy the movie, but just watch it on your analog or HDMI-Less HD-LCD TV or PC monitor or have an Xbox 360 + the upcoming HD-DVD drive you would only see the HD-DVD in DVD quality. But since the movie studios have decided to ship their movies on BluRay or HD-DVD without the little "check" for a secure connection, we will be able to enjoy the movie at its full glory with LCD-TVs using any capable imput to show them at 720p or 1080i/1080p (Component input, DVI maybe?...)

    dunno if I got all the facts straight...but that main idea...*G*

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    So after reading that, in my opinion if they didn't do that, then the formats might just flop. I say this because I'm sure that there will probably be many people who won't know that they need a special display for the high resolution, not just any HDTV display. Then if they buy a player, connect it to their HDTV set, and then put in a movie they won't see it looking any better, which will make it seem to them like they just wasted their money. Now if they also made things in the new formats be no more expensive than the regular DVDs, then this probably wouldn't be an issue for those people, except that they had to buy a new player just to play it. However, once they had the player then buying the videos for that instead of for their DVD player wouldn't be an issue if the companies did do that with the cost.

    Besides, all it really comes down to is this: Are the people who watch pirated movies really going to care much if they can't watch it in high resolution? I don't really think so myself. I mean, for someone who watches pirated movies, the first priority would probably be just being able to get a copy of it at all, and if it just happened to be higher resolution then it would be an added bonus.
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