"I really have no idea who else to ask about this: Given that most of the new HD-DVD and Blu-Ray players will be at least theoretically capable of outputting an HD signal over component cables, it seems odd to me that all the upconverting DVD players only offer the upconversion over HDMI. Are there any that offer upconverting over component?
Hell, maybe they all do, and I'm just misreading the specs... but if so, I blame the specs."
If you can get high definition formats to output at 1080i or 720p via analog connectors, why not existing DVDs? One word: DRM.