Originally Posted by warpz0ne
As explained in my first post, the player's video output was set by me to 1080i and then 480p. It was still a black screen on the XBR960.
Well, maybe we should begin thinking that your suspicion about a defective HDMI interface on your 960 might be the genuine explanation here.
When Les Holt was here performing the ISF calibration, we inserted a DVD in the Blu-Ray player. Time counter was progressing. No video, no sound, no change.
How did he feed the signals for ISF calibration to your set? HDMI, with calibration of INPUT7? Or component video on inputs 5/6?
If he used HDMI, and there was no problem, then your suspicion about the HDCP malfunction factor for your particular 960 could genuinely be the explanation. It's just to my knowledge this thread has never heard of such a reported defect from anyone, which is why I was initially skeptical and much more likely to believe something external as the cause of your black screen symptom..
I am forced to pay for Comcast "Digital Starter" cable with my monthly rent. Not long ago, I traded in a very old coaxial-only cable box for a new one that has an HDMI output. On the XBR960 via HDMI, It shows the menus but no channel picture or sound - a black screen.
Well, that's not encouraging. If a second HD source is also producing black screen then that would certainly seem to point to the 960 itself as the issue.
Comcast requires subscribers to pay an "HD Technology Fee" in order to see HD content. But...it should still show 480p SD content through the digital connection - only it doesn't do this for me.
There is no 480p content for TV. It's either 480i for SD, or 720p/1080i for HD. But I'd think that the HD versions of your local OTA network channels delivered unprotected via Comcast would not fall into the same protection category, say as their other basic cable and premium cable channels would. I'd intuitively think they should be perfectly visible via HDMI, having nothing to do with HDCP. But I don't absolutely know for sure.
However I wouldn't think that the 480i SD channels (which are quite commonly the SD 480i down-converted and center-cut or letterboxed versions of the corresponding 720p/1080i HD channels) would be subject to the same HDMI/HDCP issues as true 720p/1080i HDTV content... through the same HDMI connection. I don't absolutely know for sure, but it really does seem unlikely. It's only HD that they're trying to protect.
From what I've read, the 960 should be HDCP compliant. But this is my TV, and it's not working correctly.
Well I suppose it's possible. But again, this thread has been going a long time and I don't recall a similar issue being reported before yours.
If you have verified that a second HDMI source device (i.e. your Comcast cable box) also produces black screen (and that it is not putting out upconverted 1080p HDMI but rather is putting out 1080i or lower), and you can confirm that your BluRay player works fine on a second TV, and perhaps can also verify that a second BluRay player also fails on the 960, then it would seem a hardware issue with the HDMI interface on your 960 is the most likely explanation.
At this point I would definitely invest in a visit from a service technician. If you don't know who to call in your area, I'd suggest calling Sony for either a visit from a "factory technician" (if they still have them) or a suggestion of a "factory authorized technician" in your area. The set is obviously out of warranty, so this won't be free. But if it's actually a hardware problem and the replacement part can be ordered and installed, then that's the right solution.
Presumably only a qualified service technician will be able to determine if it is (or could even possibly be) an HDMI-related part failure.
When I was comparison shopping for a new BR player, the only way for me to get an analog output would be to spend at least $120 more on the better Sony player - but it is restricted to 480p composite.
To be technically precise with the wording, 480p is not output via "composite" (yellow). Both composite and S-video are limited to 4x3 480i.
16x9 480p and higher resolutions are available from the component video (3-cable red/green/blue), or DVI, or HDMI.
Anyway, you're not alone. The latest Oppo players (e.g. my 103) have removed analog HD component video output, in deference to "The Suits" who insisted on it on digital-only output for HD in the newest generation of DRM-restricted players.
The HDMI cable is new and came with the cable box. It is what I used to connect the BR player to dad's PC monitor, and it played a Blu_Ray disc just fine.
A possibly defective HDMI cable is right down there with the lowest possible probability explanations for most common problems.
At this point, I'd say go to a service technician visit (arranged by you or through Sony) as your next course of action. Explain the symptom, and ask him to bring out a working BluRay player from his shop just to use in a test. If it's actually a hardware problem, and if it can be fixed and you want to pay the cost, that's going to be necessary anyway.