Last week I discovered that Sony Pictures won't down-rez over
on the upcoming High Definition DVD standards. I had hoped that other studios would follow their lead and
it appears that they have. According to some well respected members of the AVSForum, Fox, Paramount, Disney, and Sony
won't down-rez. The other studios have not made an announcement yet include Universal, Warner and Lions Gate. Insiders
indicate a 50/50 chance that each will decided to cripple their movies over component.
I for one wonder if
most people will even notice the down-rezzing. If you connect a 540p to most TV's it is detected as 1080i and the TV
will indicate that the current resolution is 1080i. The player may indicate to them what it is outputting, but most
won't notice if the player doesn't tell them. Of course this doesn't go for any HDBeat readers but as you all know you
guys are not "most people".