Originally Posted by Quinocampa
Daver, I understand what you are saying, after some deliberation. I wasn't aware that 1080p can be transmitted over component; that's cool!
Not any more. From the Techradar site:
"Blu-ray players housing component connections have been hit by a new ruling, which sees image constraints added to Blu-ray discs in 2011.
As from the beginning of January, Blu-rays can have something called an Image Constraint Token embedded into the discs.
This is a piece of code that can restrict image quality to 540p - a smidge better than DVD - when played back through component cables.
This is all because of the AACS Adopter Agreement, which came into force 1 January 2011.
The reasoning behind this is that studios want you to start using digital only connections, which is the first step in phasing out analogue technology on Blu-ray players by 2013.
So, if a Blu-ray has been authored after 1 January, and you still watch movies through component on your Blu-ray player, then you will have to watch out for a new Image Constraint Token logo on the packaging - or you'll be watching the movie through fuzzy eyes."