Home theater installers & HDCP 2.2 – Why do you care?

How can a seemingly random string of letters & numbers affect your home theater?

When building a home theater, you should be knowledgeable about the latest security standards & how to ensure your videos, games & audio operate at premium levels.

What is HDCP?

  • HDCP 2.2, or High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection version 2.2.
  • HDCP is digital copy protection. In brief, this protocol prevents copying of digital audio & audio content.
4k HDCP 2.2 Compliant Switch

Are your 4K switches HDCP 2.2 Compliant?

Why do you care?

HDCP causes problems for you:

  • If you want to connect multiple screens to a device; for example, a bar with several televisions connected to one satellite receiver or when a user has a closed laptop and uses an external display as the only monitor.
  • Video games can become latent because of additional processing power required. Live streaming or capture of game play is also adversely affected.
  • Edward Felten wrote “the main practical effect of HDCP has been to create one more way in which your electronics could fail to work properly with your TV.”
  • All Apple laptops, if they are confronted with HDCP, automatically switch all output from the DVI / Mini DisplayPort / Thunderbolt connector port to be HDCP compliant. If the user then wishes to record or use videoconferencing programs, these are inherently forbidden by HDCP.

What about HDCP 2.2?

  • HDCP 2.2 is a physical chipset. Only NEW chipsets can support 2.2 – existing chipsets cannot be upgraded with firmware.  HDCP 2.2 is a requirement for any source device delivering HDCP content at 4K UltraHD resolutions.
  • It’s important to research your products of choice and make sure they’ve been designed to work with future technologies, especially when researching & building a home theater.
  • Home theater installers need to be especially cautious when installing systems: Understanding HDCP 2.2 limitations is critical for any dealer looking to install a 4K UltraHD system

Give the quick summation. What do I need to do?

 

Wire Works Co Inc, 270 Brandywine Dr, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906, United States - Phone: (719) 492-6955 Email: wireworkscoinc@gmail.com

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