February 9, 2011 by torqdog
As some of you know, I have a love for audio visual stuff like big TVs, bluray payers and surround sound systems. I’m quite often found perusing the audio visual forums trying to gather more information on this hobby of mine. The other day, I came upon a thread titled “Analog Sunset Begins” where a discussion has ensued regarding the demise of analog “Hi-def” video signals. This primarily affects people who have not yet switched to HDMI and are still using the three colored component video cables for their hi-def signal. People who are still using standard-def coaxial cable or yellow composite cable will be unaffected for now. This article from engadget primarily focuses on bluray as being the only thing affected but speculation being what it is finds many on the various forums fearing that this will also affect cable and satellite down the road. The costs to consumers will be huge as many who have resisted upgrading their TVs to sets capable of handling HDMI will now be forced to make the switch.
Just another thing to worry about? We’ll be seeing soon enough. From engadget; “Any new Blu-ray player announced after January 1st 2011 will only output HD via HDMI — players that started shipping last year can still be sold until the end of this year though”.