Originally Posted by mx6bfast
Please forgive me since I have been absent from this forum for a couple of months. By this statement, can movies be watched at 1080i over component, or will they be down rezzed to 480p?
AACS allows 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p and 1080i analog output. If the "Image Constraint Token" (ICT) on an AACS disc is set to 1, the analog output stage pathway is limited to a maximum of 520,000 active pixels (e.g., 960x540p), and it can then be resampled back to whatever.
So, if ICT=1 and you've got a 1080p24 source film, the analog pathway could look like this:
disc -> 1080p24 -> 960x540p24 -> 1920x1080i60 -> display
No studio has announced plans to use ICT (most have very vocally said they would not...at least not at first). Of the majors, Warner is seen as the most likely pulling the trigger someday.