What is a HDCP error
? Here is a real life situation that happened that could happen to you.
You just bought a Blu-ray Disc Player and connected it to your older
HDTV with a HDMI cable. When you tried playing a Blu-ray disc a HDCP
error was shown on the screen. The movie wouldn't play.
This is a known issue with HDCP, and it's one of the biggest hassles
consumers will have to deal with when utilizing a HDMI cable on their
HDTV. You will get a HDCP error if you try watching HDCP encoded content
when using a HDMI cable.
The problem is that if HDCP exists anywhere in the video stream then all
devices and cables accessing this content must be HDCP compliant. If
one device or cable isn't HDCP compliant then you get a HDCP error.
The only solution is to either replace the HDMI cable with a non-digital
cable or replace the HDCP-less device. This could mean buying a new
In fact, I worked with a reader last year troubleshooting a HDCP error
on his TV. What happened is that he bought a Blu-ray Disc Player and
connected everything properly only to get a HDCP error. After a few
emails back and forth we discovered that his HDTV wasn't HDCP
compatible, which is why he got the HDCP error.
The reader ended up buying a newer HDTV with HDCP, and his Blu-ray Disc Player worked perfectly with HDMI cables.