Originally Posted by spivonious
Are you on drugs?
I may seem like that, as the effects of decades long saturation levels of advertising can reduce one's mental capacity. Just as junk food is bad for the body, advertising is bad for the mind. It skews logic, reason, common sense and reduces our ability to think critically resulting in an attention span of a commercial.
HDMI - Shooting MeSelf in the Foot
Lets give thanks to the HDMI organization (driven by Hollywood paranoia) whose infamous incompatibility issues between gear literally drives consumers to a all-in-one HTPC solution.
With no need to switch between sources, many of the HDMI headaches are automatically eliminated. On only need to split the computers HDMI output to a wall mounted 46" LCD and a front projector. Last years Monoprice switchers with dual outputs no longer work, so I've ordered a tiny 1.3b splitter for $30. Until then I have to rather ridiculously manually plug and unplug the display cables.
Even the industry is fed-up with HDMI and partner Monster Cable and there "high-speed" ratings: A 6ft HDMI cable can cost over $100, while an equivalent cat 6 cable is 1/40th that cost.
Cat 5e/6 cable is rated up to 300ft. HDMI can't even be rated as its too unreliable (say your prayers for anything over 25ft).
An 8 port Gigabit Ethernet switch is $50, while the equivalent HDMI is astronomical (and not guaranteed to work).
The last thing the studios wanted was PC playback, as its the easiest and most tempting platform to rip copies, yet this is what they reap as consumers move on to a all-in-one high performance, low power, quiet, convenient, low cost, reliable, small footprint, easy to assemble, plug-and-play, advertiser free, open standard home theater computer.
Now repeat that