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To view something in HD you must use a HDMI cable.
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A 1080i signal, which is the highest video quality of HDTV in North America, can be transmitted on component video cables, although many HD boxes are losing this type of output, and Blu-Ray players made in the past few years have the component video output crippled so that the signal is pushed down to 480p (DVD quality) on this connection.
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