It’s been over a year since I first
starting writing about it and the point still stands, to output full
resolution with CableCARD the Xbox 360 must have a digital connection!
Microsoft already covered part of the picture, allowing
the Xbox 360 to output 1080p for HD DVD and gaming, however VGA and Component
do not guarantee full resolution output for CableCARD, just as it doesn’t for
Just as with HD DVD and Image Constaint Token (ICT),
CableLabs defines Constrained Image Trigger (CIT). Both are really the same, and basically will
downres any content that has the bit turned on unless HDCP is used.
So, unless Microsoft has worked out a “special deal” with
CableLabs to allow the Xbox 360 to output full resolution with VGA/Component,
we still don’t have a guarantee that we can get full resolution output on
everything we record!
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