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It looks to me that there are three DVI standard.


DVI 1.0

DVI-HDCP

DVI-HDMI


Is DVI 1.0 = DVI-Digital ?


Also what's the difference between DVI-HDCP and DVI-HDMI ?

(Just competing content protection standard ??)


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I may be off somewhat on some of the esoteric aspects (e.g., versioning), but here goes...


DVI is the transport, if you will, with 3 key flavors: DVI-A (analog), DVI-I (analog+digital) and DVI-D (digital). BTW, DVI was developed for connecting PC workstations to "dumb" digital flatpanel displays. DVI-D basically provides a digital raster dump to a display--uncompressed digital data--and is what *most* people mean when they talk about DVI in the CE world. DVI-D comes in single link (used today) and dual link (which can handle more data).


HDCP is the copy protection layer--it technically has nothing to do with DVI, but is used on top of DVI-D to enable the "evil" copy protection scheme. If you are using a DVI/HDCP-enabled STB coupled to a DVI/HDCP-enabled display, nothing to worry about. If you are using a DVI/HDCP-enabled STB coupled to a DVI display (without HDCP), and the HDCP flag is enabled for some specific content (e.g., HD PPV), something to worry about. In order to be 100% safe, you need HDCP on both sides of the signal chain. When people speak of DVI 1.0, they are talking about DVI/HDCP.


HDMI is simply the continued marriage of DVI and HDCP. As of now, at version 0.9 (I think), it is just a marketing campaign--single link DVI-D + HDCP with a new name. In the near future, HDMI will morph into dual link DVI-D + HDCP + digital audio, with a subsequent change in the connector to support up to 10 audio data channels. The new connector is going to be backwards compatible with the existing connector (likely via an intermediate plug or cable), so a future HDMI-compliant STB will still be able to connect to a DVI/HDCP display, albeit without routing the audio down the same cable. Why anyone interested in true HT would want their encoded audio sent to the display is beyond me...should be a big hit with people using HDMI-compliant TVs, though. HDMI will likely be the connection of choice for HD DVDs down the road--hopefully with analog grandfathered in for all of us who would rather not trash our existing HT setups.


It should be noted that the HDCP flag has not been enabled (except by "accident" on one digital cable system, IIRC) for any content as of yet, but even if/when it does get enabled, it is targeted at protecting things like HD PPV...not OTA and or semi-premium stuff like HBO-HD movies, etc. Time will tell, of course.
 

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Alex,


Beautiful synopsis: highly accurate, terse and just plain well-written.


Do you do FAQ's for a living? You should.


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Thanks, I think...not too sure if "Random FAQ Writer" would look so hot on the old resume! :)
 

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Yes good write up,... and I thought HDMI was just HDCP with audio. :)

Sorta like a the scariest part of your worst nightmare dream-state,.. not real just now, but could be some foreshadow of things to come... :D
 

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Originally posted by amillians
It should be noted that the HDCP flag has not been enabled (except by "accident" on one digital cable system, IIRC) for any content as of yet, but even if/when it does get enabled, it is targeted at protecting things like HD PPV...not OTA and or semi-premium stuff like HBO-HD movies, etc. Time will tell, of course.
Whether by accident or not, HDCP is enabled when D-Theater tapes are played back through firewire into the new Samsung SIR-T165 set top box. This is the first time I have ever come across it in real life applications (and not some test generator). Also, the Sony HD200 that we have in our lab seems to have HDCP turned on at all times (which I hope is a bug of some kind) no matter what the content.
 

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Wow, thank you very much for very informative posts!


If a projector with DVI-input is not HDCP compliant such as JVC SX21 D-ILA, Seleco HT300Plus DLP, what is it missing out at the moment ?

Only some HDCP flagged on-air HD broadcasting programs?


The disadvantages (or advantages) of having HDCP compliant DVI input are unclear and confusing. :(
 
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