Originally Posted by BigMikeATL
I *NEVER* understood why you can't upconvert without HDCP. It makes zero sense.
It's like getting water from a stone. No matter how much you squeeze it, you aren't going to get something that isn't there. In the case of upconversion, it makes the picture a little smoother, but you aren't magically getting more out of the picture since it's just scaling from 720x480i.
What are they worried about? Someone upconverting a DVD and selling it on pirate HD DVD or Blu-ray discs? That makes zero sense.... especially when you consider that my grandmother could figure out how to rip a DVD.
It's because Macrovision doesn't work in HD. The idea is that Macrovision prevents capturing the analog video stream in SD, so they have to disable analog HD output because Macrovision isn't there to protect it. Of course you can just strip the Macrovision when making a copy, but that requires the "illegal" use of de-CSS, rather than the legally accepted analog capture. As for analog output of true HD sources, they have ICT but haven't used it yet because it would be counter-productive at this time.
I don't watch DVDs on my PS3, but I still would like upscaling so that, hopefully, the 4:3 extras on BDs will be displayed properly (no stretching) without having to manually change the projector to 4:3 mode.