Frequently Asked Questions

    • I plugged my VAIO® notebook computer to a HDMI™ equipped HDTV set and my Microsoft® Windows® desktop appears on both displays. Will Blu-ray™ movie discs play with this setup?

      HDMI supports the Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology known as High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP). For Blu-ray copy-protected movies, one must ensure that the connection from the VAIO computer system to the HDTV set is always active for proper playback. Single display mode must also be ensured. Blu-ray movies will not play if the display mode is set to Dualview (where the Windows display can be seen simultaneously on two different devices).

    • Are there recommended lengths to use for HDMI cables?

      The HDMI specification does not define a maximum cable length. However, shorter length cables are usually recommended to reduce the chances to degradation of sound and to simply reduce clutter.

    • Does the HDMI port of my VAIO computer system support all available HDMI features?

      Although current HDMI-equipped VAIO computer systems have HDMI 1.3 ports, features such as 'Deep Color' and support for Dolby TrueHD® and DTS-HD™ Master Audio bitstreams are not currently implemented.

    • 120Hz HDTV sets that support playback of high definition content at 24 frames per second are now appearing in the market. Does my VAIO computer system have support for 1080/24p?

      Most Blu-ray movie disc video is encoded at about 24 frames per second. This is the frame rate for film. Some standalone Blu-ray players can output video at that framerate as long as the HDTV can handle the signal (a 120 Hz set is required). The display components' output frequency of current HDMI-equipped VAIO computer systems cannot be changed to support this frame rate.