analog sunset


Also found in: Dictionary, Medical.

analog sunset

A set of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions for Blu-ray media and players that use the AACS copy protection system. Plugging the so-called "analog hole," starting January 1, 2011, AACS-compliant Blu-ray players are required to allow HD movies over HDMI only, which supports copy protection. If analog component video outputs are used, the movie must play in SD format. All analog outputs are prohibited as of January 1, 2014.

For Older Players
To plug the analog hole on existing players, as long as the label informs the customer, Blu-ray discs can optionally contain an Image Constraint Token (ICT) that limits analog playback to SD only. In addition, if the disc is released within six weeks of theater release, a Digital Only Token (DOT) can prohibit all analog playback. See AACS, analog hole and HDMI.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
On top of that, the $990 million ran out quickly, so Congress had to simultaneously push back the "analog sunset" and allocate an additional $510 million in order to keep on track for a 2009 cutoff of analog transmissions.
It turns out that the delay in the "analog sunset" threw timing off not just for ASTC 1.0--which was initially introduced in 1996 even though it didn't come to fruition until 2009--but also for the next version.