Analog Sunset

  1. What is the Analog Sunset?
    From a business perspective, the Analog Sunset refers to a portion of the Advance Access Content System (AACS) license agreement adopted by content owners and device manufactures to insure copyright protected content, such as motion pictures (Hollywood), is not illegally copied and distributed.  High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), along with a license obtained from the Digital Content Protection, LLC and unique device helps prevent the stealing of data.

    What this means for you is that you will no longer see a VGA or Component Video connection on devices.

    Example of a VGA Connector: ‌

    Example of a Component Video Connector: ‌

  2. What equipment does this effect?
    VCR players (VHS Tapes) and DVD players (Video Disks).  Both VCR and DVD players are being phased out in the marketplace.  The biggest impact to AV systems will be the changes made to laptops manufactured after 2013.  Both of the two main chip manufactures for laptops (Intel and AMD) have announced that after 2013, they will no longer produce laptop PC chipsets with an Analog Video output.  This means that starting next year, new laptops will not have a VGA connection.  Some may have already experienced this with Apple MacBook’s which have not had analog connectors for several years and require an adapter for use with an Analog System.  There is also the proliferation of the use of smartphones and tablets to prepare for, as none of those devices have analog capabilities.
  3. How do I present my content if the equipment is no longer available?
    Non- copyrighted content could be digitalized and then uploaded to My Media* accessible via the web. Also, if you use commercial video titles contact Sprague Library Multimedia Services (x7153) to learn how to acquire digital streaming rights. For more information check out MyMedia at *
  4. With VGA going away, how can I display using my laptop?
    If your laptop was manufactured before 2013, as mentioned above you will still be able to display that laptop in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) rooms. As analog equipment is being replaced in the mediated spaces, your laptop will have either Display port and HDMI outputs. Here are the cables currently available that will allow you to display content in the BYOD rooms.

With the University moving to a BYOD model, MSU has already begun making modifications.  The rooms that are currently modified to fit this new model are:

CA 108
CA 134
CA 223
CA 229
CA 230
CO  111
CO  231
DI 113
DI 173
DI  176
DI 179
DI 270
DI 338
LB 030
ML 155
ML 161
RI 374
RI  376
SH 102
SH 115
SH 126
SH 131
SH 210
SH 211
SH 215
SH 216
SH 310
SH 311
SH 316
SH 317
SP 230
SP 231
UN 2010
UN 2013
UN 2042
UN 2046
UN 2048
UN 3002
UN 3010
UN 6010
UN  6025


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