I've just purchased a Western Digital "TV HD Media Player". This is a small box, about 120mm x 100mm x 50mm, that sits somewhere inbetween a TV set and a USB media source. The USB source can be a simple 2gb memory stick or a large external USB hard drive. Actually, it'll handle both, as there's two USB2 ports.
This versatile gadget plays music, outputs several different movie formats in very good quality, and displays photos. Basically, it does much of the stuff that a HTPC does, but simpler and cheaper.
But I digress. My problem is that I've tried to connect the box to my Bravia TV by HDMI cable (1 metre) but nothing shows up on the TV. If I use their alternative left-right audio, composite video leads I get picture and sound. But nothing with the HDMI cable.
Which brings me to my questions:
1) Is there likely to be any difference between an obscure brand HDMI cable with no logo (which is what I've used) and a cable from say, Sony? I mean, all of my various Sony device manuals say, "Only use an HDMI cable that has the official HDMI logo. Better still, make sure it's a Sony!" (even if it's six times the price, lol)
2) The Media Player is described on its box as "Full 1080p" while my two-year-old Bravia KLV-46S200A TV is only 1080i. Would that be enough to cause incompatibility? I mean, I would have thought I'd get SOME kind of picture and not just a black screen. (Obviously I've selected the 'HDMI' channel on the TV's input menu)
3) I understand that the HDMI cable format was brought out mainly to enable Digital Rights Management, ie, control of pirated media content. If I actually manage to get an HDMI connection going between my TV and the Media Player, is this likely to prevent non-kosher media being played? I mean, suppose I'd been given a 2gb USB memory stick containing copyright material and I finally manage to get my Sony TV and my Western Digital Media Player communicating with each other via a HDMI cable. How would that situation affect display of the memory stick's copyright material?
4) Finally, is HDMI picture quality markedly superior to composite video? Unfortunately the Media Player only has these two video options, so if I can't get HDMI working, then it'll have to be comp-vid.
Thanks folks, your comments would be appreciated.