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.
Sad but true. With the analog sunset nearing, manufacturers are phasing out component video, and it’s easy to forget.
On RemoteCentral.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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