Registered: Oct 2002
Location: Bristow, VA
Originally posted by rogo
And as for native output, it's actually on a small percentage of HD boxes and affects next to no one as well. Only if you have one of the few sets that supports 1080i and 720p input (some plasmas, some LCD microdisplay and DLP sets, very few CRTs). Most CRTs don't take 720p, RCA's DLP doesn't, Panasonic's new plasmas don't, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
As for native output/pass-through, the one thing different about that is, so far as I can tell, it's a purely software issue to enable it so it should be possible, if not at release, at some point there after. For simultaneous output, it seems to be a limitation of the chipset being used so that can't be solved until the next generation.
It may be a "small sub-set" that want either, but a $1K, you have to think about those small sub-sets and include the little details that make HT enthusiasts happy (like discrete IR code for macro based remotes). I hope they at least do the things that should be possible in software (discrete IR, native pass-through) in the first version in a software refresh if not out of the gate. I think they'll get enough grief about simultaneous output that it will make the next hardware platform.
That's the other thing about these "small sub-sets"... At this price range, they may be small, but they're very vocal...
Sony SAT-T60 w/ 144 SD hours.
Sony SAT-T60 w/ 107 SD hours.
Hughes SDVR-40 w/ 40 SD hours.
DirecTV HR10-250 w/ 30 HD hours.
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