|Originally posted by Glimmie
No, I don't think anyone makes such a device. Furthermore if made, it could not be authorized for 5C. The DMCA prevents such devices from being sold.
Actually, such a device could be made under the DTCP Adopter's Agreement, it just couldn't output copy-protected
programming in full HD resolution over the VGA outputs. Non-copy-protected stuff moved over 1394/DTCP could be ouptut in full resolution. The restrictions for VGA are strange and different than for other high-definition analog and there's additional language that seems to draw a distinction between VGA incorporated into computer products and other uses of VGA. Any such conversion device--1394/DTCP-to-VGA, -to-HD-analog-component-video, -to-whatever--would be mildly expensive, though. It'd need interface chipsets for 1394/DTCP and chips for the other outputs and a reasonably powerful CPU as a controller, particularly if you wanted to do full Authentication and Key Exchange, necessary to receive "Copy Never" content. I'd estimate around $150 to make, depending upon what connections you put in it--multiple simultaneous outputs would cost more. I think that a box like this, with DVI/HDCP, VGA and HD analog component video outputs would be very handy in a 1394/DTCP world, though such a beast would probably cost at least $400 retail. (Don't trust my estimates, though--I'm just an engineer, not a finance guy. Mark-ups vary wildly depending upon what the market will bear: my current company, for instance, makes mobile phones, where the margins are paper thin. HD equipment, at least at the moment, is somewhat more precious).
-- Mike Scott