Originally Posted by crbaldwin
The point was that decoding in the AVR could actually be used if desired. Personally I could do without commentary, etc. if that's what the "advanced content" is. Another point was that future satellite or downloadable content could used TrueHD and decoding in the AVR could be done then too. Seems like a lot could change before this is ever available but the point seemed to be that HDMI 1.3 will not be totally useless.
It's not exactly useless. It's just being oversold.
Most people are being led to believe that it will provide some really nifty stuff right away for HD-DVD and Blue Ray users, and that's just not the case.
The "advanced content" feature set is basically part of the intended user experience for any given disc. The studios are being assured that all players will play "advanced content" discs as intended, and thus they can design the way their disc is supposed to work DEPENDING upon those features working -- so long as the disc is properly marked as having been authored for "advanced content".
If the player disregards that, it is hard to guess exactly how things will work. For one thing, the disc authoring tools used by the studios are not likely to have been tested under the assumption that some players will simply ignore the "advanced content" marker.
But again, the unknown here is whether buyers will eagerly seek out "advanced content" discs. Based on the ease with which studios have convinced average buyers that the "best" standard DVD discs "must be" the ones with the most extras crammed on them, the odds look good for "advanced content".
So far, everyone I've heard who has looked into this has agreed that "advanced content" discs will rapidly drive "basic" disks out of the market.
We'll know soon. Virtually all HD-DVD titles are already "advanced content" TODAY, and the expectation is that as soon as this summer the same will be true for Blue Ray.
Changes to television delivery formats could happen, of course, but it aint going to be any time soon. In many cases broadcasters are still trying to get the hang of Dolby Digital 5.1.
The new AVRs will find *SOME* use for these new decoders. Its just not likely it is going to be part of playing or watching any of the important, mass market content.