Originally Posted by jsmiddleton4
"I don't agree with your copy protection hypothesis."
Ok. More power to you. Just reading your brief description though of the necessary parameters to keep it legit, I can certainly see why companies decided not to mess with it. And while it may not totally be about copy protection, even in your own explanation copy protection sure is haning round the matter. Isn't there a bandwidth issue as well for the full HD Audio over optical?
Even if the law technically allows for the optical out to pass through dd from external sources its not like any other company is jumping to provide this feature. This is hardly one of those things we can MAKE Samsung do.
Would I like to see it? Sure. Would make connecting cable box much easier, could go to TV with HDMI, out optical to receiver and be done with it. I'm not holding my breath. One can certainly see where the idea that limiting the optical out is about copy protection however.
Samsung's first FAQ on this subject at http://ars.samsung.com/customer/usa/...D=85288&ARS_ID
The HDMI input on Samsung TVs can not pass digital 5.1 Surround Sound to the Digital Optical output jack. This is not a limitation of the TV (technically, it could be done), but instead a limitation imposed by laws and regulations. The TV can not pass straight digital signal because to do so would violate copyright laws and copy protection regulations.
So, if you want digital video and digital 5.1 sound, you must connect the video output of your source to your TV using DVI or HDMI, and connect the digital audio output from your source directly to the digital audio input of your Home Theater System or Stereo.
I responded by marking my statisfaction as Very Poor and provided all the information in the feedback textarea from my post at http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...3#post11409693
. Samsung has not replied to me, as of this writing, but they have changed the web page to remove mention of laws and regulation. Recently they changed it again to say:
The HDMI input on Samsung TVs can not pass digital 5.1 Surround Sound to the Digital Optical output jack.
If you want digital video and digital 5.1 sound, you must connect the video output of your source to your TV using DVI or HDMI, and connect the digital audio output from your source directly to the digital audio input of your Home Theater System or Stereo.
Digital Optical Does Not Work For All Sources
On a number of Samsung TVs, the Digital Audio Output works only if you have selected either RF or Antenna In as your video and audio source. If you have selected any other video/audio source - AV, S-Video, Component, PCI, HDMI - the Digital Audio Output will not work and will be grayed out on the menu.
On other Samsung TVs, the Digital Audio Output works if you have selected RF, Antenna In, AV, or S-Video as your video and audio source. The signal can be either digital or analog. However, if you have selected Component, DVI, or HDMI, Digital Audio Output will either not work or will be grayed out on the menu, or both.
If you have connected a source (a DVD player, for example) to your TV using the Component, DVI, or HDMI jacks, and you want to output the audio from that source to an amplifier or Home Theater system, you must connect the audio output jacks from the source directly to the amplifier or Home Theater system.
There is no bandwidth problem sending the Digital Audio Output Surround Sound from over the air broadcasts.
I gave you one manufacturer who has been doing it for years. And as a programmer, I can assure you that setting a bit to zero is no harder than setting it to one.
It may have been their ignorance that prevented them from doing it before August 2007. After they have been informed of the exemption in the HDCP license, they are willfully withholding the feature. There is no law or license that is keeping them from creating new firmware to support it now.