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October 5, 2005

Ouch! “Some HDTVs May Not Play HD Discs”

Martyn Williams at PCWorld:

CHIBA, JAPAN — The likely format battle between HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc is bad enough for those eagerly awaiting the availability of favorite movies on high definition video discs, but soon there could be another reason to switch to a new format: many current HDTVs might be restricted to showing the movies in standard definition.

An industry group is set to rule soon whether millions of HDTV homes will be able to use their existing TV sets or have to buy new sets to watch the movies in high definition. The potential problem is centered on the way customers will connect one of the new HD video disc players to their televisions–or rather, the way that Hollywood wants them to connect, according to representatives of several consumer electronics companies at the Ceatec exhibition here this week.

What a surprise that Hollywood is involved. And the same hassle applies to PC monitors.

Posted at 9:05 am. Filed under Blu-ray, HD DVD, HDTV, PC Monitors, Storage

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