CNET: Component video is missing or crippled on 2011 Blu-ray players: Here's why
It's all about AACS
We can't blame manufacturers for omitting the component out of new players. For one, it's not a huge loss, as the vast majority of buyers will be using the HDMI output for video. But there's another issue: even the new Blu-ray players that are including component video connections will only output 480i signals, rather than high-def 1080i.
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