If you didn't know by now, there are two new DVD formats arriving in the market, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. They're both high definition, with the ability to provide up to 1920 x 1080 resolution. Well, at least for some.
Those who are left out in the cold will be the early adopters of HDTV sets, and those who bought sets that only have analog component inputs. It's not that the HDTV sets can't view the high 1080 resolution, they can. It's not because the players for these formats can't output at that resolution, they can.
No, it's because copy controls on these new players will down-rez the analog output to 1/4 of the full HD 1920 x 1080 signal: 960 x 540 pixels. Ouch!
Anyone else view this to be a dumb move by the content industry? At least it's not mandated by law. Well, that's the next step(PDF).