The “Analog Sunset” clause in the specification of the AACS, the content protection standard used by the Blu-ray format, forbids all new DVD players from outputting HD signal over component outputs. By 2013, analog video output will disappear outright from all BD DVD players.
Moreover, the AACS Adopter Agreement stipulates that “with the exception of Existing Models, any Licensed Player manufactured after December 31, 2010 shall limit analog video outputs for Decrypted AACS Content to SD Interlace Modes only (composite video, s-video, 480i component video and 576i video). Technically, a 2011 player could include component video outputs, but Blu-ray playback over component would be limited to 480i/576i, which largely defeats the purpose of having component video outputs. After December 31, 2013, Blu-ray playback over composite, S-video or component outputs will be disabled. Thus, content providers (i.e. Comcast, Direct TV, etc.) are expected to follow suit by limiting output to 480i through component on their HD receivers.
Here is more information provided by ConsumerReports.org.
What’s this mean to you? Clients with existing existing component video distribution may experience some pain as they try to integrate new HDMI-only sources (i.e. Apple TV, BD players) into their existing systems. For more information on how this may impact you and what you can do about it, feel free to contact the Century Team.