Why will SkyHD be hobbled from the start?

mdekkers

Standard Member
reading the new skyHD site at http://hd.sky.com I was surprised about a few things - first of all, how nice the new box looks, secondly, that although the HD channels already show up in my sky+ epg, they still have no pricing, but most of all, that they will not offer 1080p - all that will be available is 720p or 1080i in terms of resolution, and that via HDMI only. There appears to be some sort of component output, but I'm sure that component will only deliver a 960x540 resolution - there is an interesting discussion about that here (not sky related though) http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/02/24/1333207

Unless SkyHD will cost around 150 quid (not likely) I think I'll pass.

Don't these stupid content providers understand that all their petty and stupid non-technical restrictions will only drive people to less legal ways of obtaining the content they want?:suicide:
 

mark800

Distinguished Member
ALL broadcasters are going for 720p or 1080i. 1080p is considered to take up too much bandwidth so won't be see in broadcast (but may be seen on HD DVD and games, but we'll have to wait and see).

Component output will give the full resolution - 720p or 1080i depending on the channel.
 

mjcairney

Distinguished Member
mdekkers said:
There appears to be some sort of component output, but I'm sure that component will only deliver a 960x540 resolution - there is an interesting discussion about that here (not sky related though) http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/02/24/1333207

As Sky recognise that a lot of people bought so-called HDTV's before they were equipped with HDMI or DVI (with the HDCP copy protection) which would therefore limit their market for HD services, they have decided that the first batch of HD receivers will have component outputs, able to handle the full 720p and 1080i signals.

Of course, if they transmit a program with HDCP enabled, then the component output will be downscaled as you suggest.

Hope that helps.

Cheers,

Martin.
 

Starburst

Novice Member
mdekkers said:
Don't these stupid content providers understand that all their petty and stupid non-technical restrictions will only drive people to less legal ways of obtaining the content they want?:suicide:




Obviously not.
The US studios who are the big players behind digital content protection are going down the same path as the music industry. Thankfully the US have had analogue HD connections and will not willingly give them up and even in the EU there was a big enough non HDCP user base for SKY to get permission to offer component.
Remember it's not in SKY's interest to limit the market and it's the movie studios mainly who would enforce HDCP onto a platform providor.
 

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