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  1. I'm a MEGA Super Moderator Baldrick's Avatar
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    High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) is a form of digital copy protection developed by Intel Corporation to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as it travels across DVI or HDMI, even if such copying would be permitted by fair use laws.

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    You can also check out this brand new article discussing what is HDCP and how it affects you.

  3. To understand how HDCP could affect you, itís important to learn about the underlying concept. Machines like cable boxes and Blu-ray disc players scramble video before they send it to your television set. Before it can descramble and display a signal, the TV must exchange codes with the other device. This process stops you from recording video as you watch a copyrighted program.

    To view a protected digital show or motion picture, all of your equipment must comply with HDCP. This requirement goes beyond movie players and TVs. A complex home theater system wonít support HDCP when you use a non-compliant splitter, tuner, wireless transmitter, repeater or audio-video receiver. If you want to enjoy a high-resolution video, you may need to replace older devices.

    Keep in mind that HDCP only becomes an issue when you watch programs from companies that use this kind of protection. Disney, Warner Brothers, and Sony normally incorporate it into every show they produce. If you donít own the right equipment, you could end up with an error message or blank screen when you try to view this content. Blu-ray discs, DVDs, pay-per-view events and satellite or cable channels may feature protected material.
    Last edited by acheter; 19th Sep 2016 at 17:38.

  4. If you use a video card with HDCP you will not be able to record music. You have to use a video card, monitor, and HDMI cable that are non-HDCP compliant.

  5. Originally Posted by medical002 View Post
    If you use a video card with HDCP you will not be able to record music. You have to use a video card, monitor, and HDMI cable that are non-HDCP compliant.
    This is very old thread and HDMI cable has nothing to HDCP.

  6. Thanks for reminder, noted!

  7. Many people I know criticize HDCP. They argue that HDCP is a limiting technology that limits their ability to enjoy and share content.

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    I think that's the crux of the matter - producers (those who actually OWN the content) say that consumers don't (usually) have the right to share content. There is nothing limiting "enjoying" it, though.

    Was it worth dredging up a 6 year old thread just to say that?


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