So you want to buy a new HDTV, or perhaps you recently bought one. Which inputs does your set have? Does your set have HDMI? Does it have DVI? Better yet, does it have both? Most importantly, why do you care? If you don't plan on playing one of the new high-def DVD formats, you might not care. Then again, did you spend two mortgage payments on a television just to watch what's on cable? I doubt it.
DVI offers quality digital video and provides copy-protection, but no
audio. Toshiba recently announced that high-definition content from all
of their HD-DVD players will only be available through HDMI outputs.
The players may include a DVI output, but instead high-def quality, all
you'll see from your HD-DVD player on your HDTV is the same old DVD
picture you see today.
Has the industry forgotten the definition
of the word "standard?" I'm personally out of luck because my largest
HDTV is four years old and doesn't even have DVI outs. I don't have a
problem with that; it's the folks that have purchased expensive sets
within the last one to two years when DVI was the "future" that
concerns me. What are your thoughts and plans regarding DVI and HDMI