Some studios backing off from mandatory downsampling (for now)
Posted by Some Guy at 11:35am on Tue Mar 28th 2006Most major studios have now announced that they won't enable ICT on their movies, at least for the time being. ICT is the Image Constaint Token, which instructs the player to downsample the HD video to "normal" DVD quality, unless connected through a secure digital connection (HDMI or DVI). This "feature" would affect more than 3 million people in the US who do not have digital HDTVs. Considering that the studios were all demanding this type of "security" before they agreed to release their movies on Blu-ray or HD-DVD, this is a rather surprising turn of events. Have the studios decided that maybe they've gone too far with their control over consumers? Please. It's much more probable that this move is to help ease all the confusion that they've created with regards to next generation DVD. Just remember - ICT is a permanent feature. The studios can enable it again any time they want in the future, and they very likely will.