openmedia:eXDee:timbosan: I was looking for news of the release when I read this page on the official freeview site about the requirements to not only have a HDMI capable TV (so no support for analog HD, such as component in?) but it must support HDCP. Do this mean Freeview (or actually the stations) will be enforcing the ICT (?) flag and not letting people with HDTV sets with only component in get HD, only downscaled SD? Or am I reading this wrong?
They will probably be using the tag, but the transmissions are free and Mediaportal/MythTV/GBPVR ignores the ICT flag.
If you choose the STB method however this could be the case, however some STBs might ignore it also.
The problem is the copyright owners (read big US companies) require the broadcasters to use the ICT flag on HD transmissions. Also freeview STBs will only do HD over HDMI, but some 3rd party STBs might do HD over component.
Are you sure that's true? With the early takeup of HD TV's in the US many users over there will have TV's that only have component inputs. If the ICT flag were set on cable or satellite transmissions then those folks would only see down rezzed video. That would cause major legal issues over there. Note that while HD-DVD (RIP) and Bluray support the ICT flag, no content that I have read about actually enforces the flag for the same reason.
And of course over the the whole ICT flag doesn't count for OTA HD transmissions since just as here, you can't put up a UHF aerial and receive the OTA FTA channels on any TV that has a ATSC tuner or a ATSC tuner box or a PC with a ATSC tuner card (when you can then record the signal).