Even with all the Droid Incredible news floating around the intertubes, we know there's always room for more -- especially when the news is great and includes video!  Some of the fellas from HTC dropped by the Wirefly offices to show off the TV out feature of the newest member of the Android family.  From the video, it looks as easy as plugging in the cable and
turning on your display.  The output quality doesn't look bad either.  A great feature on a great phone, and one I hope catches on in the smartphone market.

I haven't been able to find anyone selling cables specific for the Droid Incredible yet, but I imagine they won't be far behind.  I'd suggest checking with your local Verizon wireless store, at least until companies like Monster Cable start cranking out the high quality/low signal loss
expensive versions.  If you've run across any, shout out in the comments! [via Wirefly]
 

 

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TV out on the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible looks incredibly easy

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You're being sarcastic about the "high quality" thing, right? You know that digital signals don't have "loss," that the signal is either ther or it isn't, and that all Monster cables are a huge ripoff...right?

The guy in the video said they're using a Composite cable, which is Analog, not Digital.
So, the wire quality would make a difference in this point.
However, I agree that Monster cables are a ripoff in any case.

Won't even comment on the analog vs. digital issue, someone beat me to it :)

As for Monster Cables being a rip-off, maybe so. They were simply used as a reference everyone would know. Insert your favorite manufacturer in it's place.

I'm hoping that the Evo 4G will do this in HD. Finding a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable should be much easier.
I'm also hoping that, like the Incredible, the Evo will allow you to see the entire phone interface on the TV. This is a very nice feature to have.

Yep. The Incredible appears to push out a North American TV signal with no extra software or converters. Now someone needs to write an app that runs powerpoint presentations. Would be many a mid level professional's dream phone.

If the Incredible outputs anything on its screen to the TV, you wouldn't even need a powerpoint presentation app. All you'd need is a viewer, or even just Google Docs.

Google Docs runs powerpoint slides? Thanks dude lol. I never even thought of that.

this just got even better.

Supposedly Documents2Go Pro can read PowerPoints, be interesting to see if it would work. The only downside is being tethered to the projector, but worth it till something better (as in projectors) comes along.

I do have one question though, the video showed the phone screen in portrait, does landscape work? Or is that just for movies?

Looked like the standard HTC video player, so i would say he had the vid stored on either the SD card, or the 8GB of nand set aside for media.

Pretty sure AC reviewed doubleTwist and Handbrake a few weeks back for converting DVDs to a Android compatible format.

For encrypted DVDs though (assuming you own the DVD and the copy is for personal use), you will probably have to rip (?) the DVD first using soemthing like DVD Decrypter to get rid of the security measures, assuming the application still works today.

I was very impressed with Handbrake when I tried it a few weeks ago. However, I didn't think it broke encyrption. Though it could have just been my inexperience with video conversion that resulted in such a horrible end result using Handbrake on "Live Free or Die Hard" and not any kind of encryption on the disk.

I believe you need to have VLC installed in order for Handbrake to break encryption. I'm not sure about this. It seems really strange for two un-affiliated programs to have an interaction like that, but I read it on the internet so it must be true. Also, I have Handbrake and VLC and don't have problems putting the DVD's from my collection of DVD's that I've purchased onto my portable devices. You gotta set your screen size right.

I believe you need to have VLC installed in order for Handbrake to break encryption. I'm not sure about this. It seems really strange for two un-affiliated programs to have an interaction like that, but I read it on the internet so it must be true. Also, I have Handbrake and VLC and don't have problems putting the DVD's from my collection of DVD's that I've purchased onto my portable devices. You gotta set your screen size right.

Thanks for the suggestion, I tried installing VLC and rerunning the install for Handbrake, but still resulted in a corupted output. Then I downloaded DVD Decrypter, which said the protection was CSS, but I was able to successfully sample the decrytped file.

However, I did stumble across a note somewhere saying that the Windows version of Handbrake will not break encryption. If I had to guess, I would assume it was because while it is not typically illegal to convert movies to other formats for personal use, it is illegal to distribute software that removes copyright protection. As non-Windows users compile their own code (?), no software is distributed.

*** Then again, I am guessing a lot of this, so anyone attempting this should do their own research on the legality. ***

A long time ago I purchased Slysoft AnyDVD for stubborn DVD’s. I suggest checking this software out to compliment your ripping software. They constantly update the software too and I still get updates after all these years.

Hope it catches on? I know they aren't cool but every single nokia smartphone I've had in the last 6 years has had tv outs :).

ha! just goes to show you how the tech market goes. they want to milk it for everything its worth so they introduce things one at a time. when they have the capability and technology to give us a damn super computer that can do anything all other gadgets can do and cram it into one phone at sell it for 200 bucks.

did u see how big that cable is omg id be scarred to break my usb plug.. and i dod not believe there is live tv on this as one poster mention.

Reminds me of the cable i used back with the touch pro. surprised this wasn't included with the N1 when i first got it. its decent, i can imagine the Evo would be nicer since its mini hdmi.

I would think the Evo would be nicer as well. Can't wait to get my hands on that phone when it comes out in the "summer".