HDMI the entire concept is a scam!
As a former Video Systems Engineer, I submit that the entire HDMI concept is a SCAM. It is all about High Definition Content Protection, or HDCP!
Why carry a digital signal 2 feet to a flat panel display when good quality coaxial cables can carry analogue component or RGB several meters without degradation?
When HDMI came along we already had VGA, DVI, RGB and Broadcast component resolutions that exceeded current broadcast HD standards. Many of those same resolutions could easily apply to consumer Component video. Why was VGA or DVI not defined as the standard? Why did consumer electronics manufacturers never define a 1080P over component standard when it was feasible and already had been shown in the broadcast world years before?
Truth is that companies like Sony/Paramount only wanted a method to protect content at the expense of consumers. This kind of corporate slavery where consumers are the cash cows for “new technology” which not only is unnecessary, but provides benefit only to large corporations at the consumers’ expense should be dealt with severely by consumers. Not to mention then consumers fall victim to things like the HDMI cable scams, where a $100 Dollar is sold and claimed to be “better” than the $10 dollar cable.
So now we transcode all video to HDMI and that makes it “better”? It was all about protecting content and was forced on consumers by big corporations. It is the old slight of hand while they offer you something that they say is better, they really are slipping you something you were unaware of.