October 30, 2008

Close call: Netflix HD streaming will (probably) work over Xbox 360 component outputs

Panic in the streets! Early word had it that Xbox 360 users would need HDCP-compliant equipment to watch HD Netflix streaming over their consoles -- and given that HDCP protection schemes are generally associated with HDMI, some (including me) feared that older, component-only 360 consoles would be stuck with standard-def Netflix. Quel horror! Luckily, Engadget managed to get HD Netflix working over component, and now an Xbox 360 rep tells me he's "almost positive" older, non-HDMI 360s will stream HD Netflix video. Still waiting for the final word, so stay tuned. (But in the meantime ... phew!)

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