No Component Video on that BDP? Oops!

It may seem obvious, but we're just not in that mindset yet: If your client's TV doesn't have HDMI, make sure to check the specs for component video.

Julie Jacobson · April 23, 2010

Sad but true. With the analog sunset nearing, manufacturers are phasing out component video, and it’s easy to forget.

On, a dealer tells of an older couple that gets “very confused by technology.” They wanted to upgrade to Blu-ray but didn’t want anything fancy—didn’t even want to be confused by a Netflix splash page.

So “Tweetymp4” thought he found something simple enough with the Panasonic DMP-BD45.

By the way, neither of the two TVs had HDMI. And when the Panasonics arrived—surprise, surprise—no component outputs.

It may seem obvious, but we’re just not in that mindset yet: If your client’s TV doesn’t have HDMI, make sure to check the specs for component video.

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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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