Will new HD specs make tuners obsolete?

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  1. Jim Robbins

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    I heard that a new copy protection method might render present HDTV equipment obsolete. I was going to buy a RCA HD tuner but I am holding off until I hear otherwise. I beleive the new system is all digital with no analog outs at all and the monitor provides the protection.
    Anybody heard anything?
     
  2. Mike I

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    If the copy protection issue ever gets ironed out, you may not be able to receive some of the hd pay per view and events in full resolution HD...THere would be no change in OTA HD or Movie channels like HBOHD and Showtime HD...It may be years before this is all sorted out before the new STB with copy protection even hit the streets..
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    If you mean you already have your HD-ready set and are debating whether to get a HD receiver, go ahead. The new copy protection scheme will make your HD-ready set obsolete. Enjoy it while you can. And you will always be able to enjoy OTA HDTV with it, unless Congress goes crazy.
    There was a recent press release on July 25, 2001, in which DirecTV and Dish sold their souls to Sony and the other members of 5C and the MPAA.
     
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    WHAT is the POINT of HDTV if it is downgraded to NTSC? Answer? THERE IS NO POINT TO IT! God, this is infuriating! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  5. Jim Robbins

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    I just received e-mail from WRAL-HD in Raleigh and he responds but doesn't say if it down grades to 480i.
    "The encryption devices will not affect HD transmissions. They will not make any HD equipment obsolete. They will impact recording devices (as they develop) but should not impact anything else. The industry is very concerned about making all products "backward compatible."
    Who the hell would spend $600 on a HD tuner that converts to 480i?
     
  6. Mike I

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    Again, incription devices will not effect ota HD broadcast transmissions or movie channels like hbo HD or showtime HD..It will effect some PPV HD movie channels ..and who said down convert all HD to 480i..This is just not the case..Some of the incripted programming on the HD ppv may be down resed to 810i or something, but than who would pay to watch it...It also is going to be quite some time before this is ever ironed out..
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