Originally Posted by bjchavez
Okay, so here's the situation.
But now, reading up on conversion methods, I find out about analog sunset, the rise of HDCP and a whole bunch of other stuff that indicates that component video is all but dead, and very few recent devices output in component anymore.
The rumors of component video's demise are greatly exagerrated.
It is for people just like you that the FCC has prohibited by regulation, and by all indications will continue for the foreseeable future to prohibit, the use of Selectable Output Controls by cable and satellite companies.
FCC regulations provide:§ 76.1903 Interfaces.
A covered entity shall not attach or embed data or information with commercial
audiovisual content, or otherwise apply to, associate with, or allow
such data to persist in or remain associated with such content, so as to prevent
its output through any analog or digital output authorized or permitted
under license, law or regulation governing such covered product.
The industry has been trying to change this for years. Regardless of political party in power in Washingtin, they have been unsuccesful. The FCC recognizes there are a LOT of early adopters with only component inputs who would be cut off from programming. Last May, the FCC granted a very limited exception to this rule to permit the studios to implement SOC on NEW early-release PPV movies but only until they are released on DVD or BD, and for only a maximum of 90 days. So if you don't watch PPV movies, or can wait 90 days, this won't effect you at all. None of your other cable or satellite channels - not even premium channels - are affected.
The Internet universe has recently been in full panic mode because DirecTV and others have rolled out this service and people have gotten messages that "this content can only be viewed with an HDMI connection" or something to this effect. Again, the content to which this block applies is very limited, and the term of this block is short. That reality is either completely unknown or totally ignored in the various forums in which the panic has taken hold.
The FCC has given no hint that it intends to abolish its SOC prohibition altogether. The conclusion in its May 2010 Order said"When the Commission adopted the prohibition on SOC, it specifically contemplated waivers for high value content to facilitate new business models. MPAA member companies have proposed a new business model – films available to consumers for in-home viewing earlier in the release process – and have made a compelling argument that they will not introduce that new business model in the absence of the content protection that SOC affords. Our SOC prohibition serves an important purpose in ensuring that owners of legacy television sets continue to receive the programming that they are accustomed to receiving. Given that the service that MPAA member companies propose will not affect any currently existing programming services, we conclude that the benefits of the new service outweigh any potential harms that could result from waiver as limited above. Therefore, we grant MPAA’s waiver request in part and deny it in part, as set forth in this order."
If your TV is otherwise working fine, I wouldn't replace it now just because of some unfounded fear that it soon won't be able to connect to anything.
If you like, you can read the FCC's Order for yourself here:http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...A-10-795A1.pdf
I will add one additional caveat - I do not know whether the prohibition on SOC applies to cable/satellite VOD. It may be that they can block analog access to that content, but I don't know that answer to that.
Second caveat - this rule also does not apply to BD players. Indeed, new BD players will not have component video outputs. How computer Blu Ray players/recorders will work is anyone's guess.