Simplay HDCertifications seem to be in the HD news lately, first it was CableCARD 2.0 and today it's a new service called Simplay HD from Silicon Image. Simplay HD isn't a mandatory standard however. Silicon Image's goal is to reduce consumer frustration to ensure that different high-def devices work together; sorta sounds like the Viiv platform only without validation of the DRM. According to the Simplay HD site, a device gains the Simplay HD logo if it can prove it meets the highest standards for getting and sharing a digital HD signal. Currently the only products on the approved list are several HDTVs from Mitsubishi, Sanyo and Thompson.

We're all for HD compatibility and clear standards, but is this really necessary?


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