Are there seriously countermeasures being deployed this early in the game? Jeez, I'm used to at least a half-year of lag-time... Do you have any news reports or links to people complaining about this? How widespread is it?
Yashka 02:25, 1 June 2008 (UTC)
There are numerous users in the IRC channel who have been running into this for a while and have first-hand experience with their component being disabled. They're not specifically targeting the HD-PVR, but rather trying to proactively close the analog hole. Sky has begun to do so, and Freesat is updating firmware across six manufacturers to enable the UK equivalent of the broadcast flag which will allow per-program disabling of the component outputs.
Iamlindoro 20:34, 1 June 2008 (UTC)
Any updates on driver development? Maybe a link to the hg repository?
Thanks Abarbaccia 20:02, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
Alpha driver released, I've written a basic howto on compiling and installing the modules.
--Iamlindoro 16:29, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Additional information about component output disabling in US
I've revised the section about component disabling. In the US, I don't think it is the case that cable and satellite providers are lobbying legislators. Rather the MPAA is lobbying the FCC to allow component output to be selectively disable for specific presentations. Of course the fear is that this is just a foot in the door to disable unencrypted outputs for everything, all the time. For now, however, that is not the case, and it isn't even certain that the FCC will allow it. Here's more information from Ars Technica, who spoke to representatives from the MPAA:
Also, is there a better reference that the one linked regarding UK providers? Aside from being difficult to read, and generally unprofessional, it is unclear who writes the blog and what the authors' interests represent regarding this issue. For example, near the end the author states: "Buyers should not be influenced by the loss of the component connection as we feel this should already have been implemented on the component connection and it does not take away from the more than capable Humax Foxsat set top box."
One of the early articles on the blog explains that it is published by "Domain Holdings", one of the "biggest Internet publishers in Europe."
Analog vs. digital component video
The HD-PVR doesn't capture digital component video, it captures analog component.
OK. Seeing as both kinds exist, wouldn't it be a good idea to specify that it is analog component video then?
Also, the page says:
Capture resolution is dependent on the source (ie 720p video with be captured as such, 1080i as 1080i, etc.)...
So if it is capturing analog video, how is it detecting the format? Counting scan lines?
--Tmetro 06:09, 1 August 2008 (UTC)