Originally Posted by Java Jack
This was not about who benefits...the simple fact is that if you want to enjoy protected content (legally) on an HTPC, you must have a protected video path. Without it, content will be scaled down or not run at all. Hence, HDMI or DVI with HDCP.
VGA is ALLOWED. If someone sets the ICT then you can spout this rubbish.
But even if they do, Anydvd HD fixes all.
There is nothing protected at all about bluray, thanks very much to Anydvd. We can do what we want, and I plan on running VGA to my CRT projector for many years to come.
Cracking the bluray and converting it to mkv is the only way to get GAMMA adjustment, and it's the easiest way to get full resolution audio.
They shot themselves in the foot, making it so hard to play back, that the path of least resistance is to crack the encryption.
As for the original question, whether HDMI provides a better picture that VGA depends on many things. It should on paper, but a test is the best way to make up your mind. HDMI does have the advantage of bundling the audio, if you need that feature.