On Sun, Jul 01, 2007 at 08:43:04PM +0200, Matthias Schniedermeyer wrote: > If only the hardware vendors where as "united" as the movie-industry.
HDCP was invented by Intel, Silicon Image holds a lot of patents on DVI and HDMI. As long as they can sell chips and licenses, they don't care about the consumer, looks quite united to me ;-) In principle, HDMI is not that bad (ok, the mechanical part is ugly...). In contrast to DVI, it allows to encapsulate audio and additional information, which makes it much more universal. Unfortunately it is quite expensive to get into the club (and buy chips) and the legal stuff is -er- demanding... And quite frankly, the "dumb" consumer doesn't care about HDCP and its implications. Compared to DRM on music, HDCP is invisible to him, he has no visible disadvantage. So all the boycott stuff is for freaks only. The consumer buys a display with HDMI and it just works (with or without HDCP). BTW: HDMI doesn't mean you have to enable HDCP. But you can't tell the consumer "sorry, we think that HDMI is bad/crap/useless anyway, so we have only analog output". He will look for another product with a plug in the right form factor. And nobody spends a few hundred thousand $ on HW development just for a freak product... -- Georg Acher, [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.lrr.in.tum.de/~acher "Oh no, not again !" The bowl of petunias _______________________________________________ vdr mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.linuxtv.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/vdr