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Is it possible to view HDCP-protected material on a monitor that does not support the copy protection standard?
Autor: Siobhan Hayes
11/26/2008, 10:03 CET
Nowadays, if you buy Blu-ray player or a media receiver for DIGITAL or HDTV, you may get a rude awakening when you discover that HDCP copy protection brings difficulties with it in that no image is displayed. This is no surprise, since HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) is intended to protect thhe film industry against losses in that, for example, the copying and replication of data between a Blu-Ray player and a television is prevented.
A HDMI or DVI input is needed to allow the user to access the enjoyment of the HD world. With HDMI, the advantage is that image and sound can be transferred at the same time in high quality. If you wish to view material via the DVI input, you should check whether or not this supports HDCP. If it does, both connectors are ready for use.
For IP-TV, or television via Internet, the lack of HDCP support means that HDTV and the private broadcasters (e.g. Pro7) are not available; only public programmes are accessible.
There will be no decoder, which transfers HDCP in a decrypted format to the end device, since the copy protection is only decoded within the device (e.g. Blu-ray player and monitor).
One way to save money and not have to buy a new projector or monitor is to use the HDFury adapter converter. This is available for a noteworthy price of 109.00 Euro and promises to decode HDCP so that the decoded material can be played back on the monitor or projector.
The solution for monitors and projectors without HDCP. (Photo: HDfury)
It remains questionable whether or not the price is actually justified, since monitors with HDCP are now available at reasonable prices. If you need support in selecting the right LCD monitor, you should check out our Buyer’s guide or take a closer look at the Feature guide.