JVC was indeed planning on releasing this D-ILA RPTV with DHCP encryption, and it seems the domestic release was delayed to move the input encryption to HDCP.
At the original annouced price of $6995 with street prices estimated at under $5K it looked like a promising RPTV. But with the prospect of much higher pricing AND introducing this new non-compatible encryption technology I would be surprised to see ANY of these units selling.
Dean - According to "The Micro-Display Report" the delays and price increases are caused by LOW YIELDS in the LCoS panels.
By the way, the prototype for this RPTV was shown at the 1999 Japan Electronics Show and, three months later, at the 2000 CES. At those shows, it was promised for February 2000. It is STILL not shipping in quantities.
"today debuted its new SiI 905 PanelLinkÂ® monitor controller with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP). The SiI 905 has been incorporated in JVC's (Wayne, NJ) state-of-the-art 61" D'Ahlia rear-projection HDTV monitor-the industry's first HDTV capable of receiving digital content protected by HDCP. Eagerly anticipated since its debut at CES 2001, the D'Ahlia (AV-61S902) is now shipping to select retailers nationwide."
Yeah, I had originally heard JVC state that the domestic (Japanese) market demand was so high that they didn't have enough models to export (Is that a merketing line, or what?), and then I heard that there were yield problems as well.
But I think that the biggest issue was that the moment that JVC formally announced their HDCP encrypted D-VHS VCR and the correspondingly outfitted D'Ahlia RPTV that there was a great backlash on the internet as they were the first to offer support for the new encryption technologies, and some people suggested boycotting JVC products (and possibly using tar and feathers).
Then JVC's next D-Ahlia product announcement said that they were not set on absolutely using HDCP, and would adapt to the encryption connection technology that the industry was supporting (which now looks to be towards DTCP).
Other than JVC's press release promo (now months old), I can't find these units available locally (to see), or online
to buy (not that I would), but the list price did hike up to $12,999, so they are likely to sell as many of these as Panasonic did of their comparably priced DLP RPTVs.
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