Japan's hardware players to be less restricted
Posted by Some Guy at 2:17pm on Wed Mar 22nd 2006When it comes to that illusive analog hole, Japan's got it good. All HD players sold in Japan through the end of 2010 will not be allowed to downsample HD output over analog (component) connections, since apparently most HDTV's over yonder are not digital. Interestingly enough, Japan will also have the same region code as the US for Blu-ray (not sure about HD-DVD), which means a player bought over there will play all discs you buy over here. The MPAA's blatant disregard for the A-hole is amongst my biggest complaints. If your HDTV doesn't have a HDMI or HDCP-compliant DVI port, of which there are over 3 million, it sounds like you'll be able to get around this problem with an imported player. So the question remains: How hard and how expensive will it be to import one these players? This question of course comes after the much more important question, Why do I have to go to such great lengths to rightfully watch high definition movies over analog connections? While pondering, hopefully you will come to the conclusion that you shouldn't be supporting such outrageousness, not now, and not ever.