Fix HDCP Error Roku

First time HDCP

If you encounter the HDCP error Roku during the first time setup of your player, it could mean that your TV does not support HDCP over the HDMI. Mostly this happens in traditional TV models. This is predominantly because they run on older HDMI protocols and do not conform to the contemporary standards that have been implemented. To ascertain, you must look through your TV’s manuals or try reaching out to the manufacturer to resolve the issue.

HDCP Error Roku

HDCP Error Roku

The HDCP Error

  • So what do you do if you see the ‘HDCP Unauthorized Content Disabled’ HDCP error Roku on the player? Usually, this is as a result of a loose HDMI connection or even if there is a problem with the HDMI cable.
  • Unplug the HDMI cable on both the Roku and your TV
  • Then for about 30 seconds switch off and unplug the Roku and the TV
  • Now, connect everything back again and make sure you firmly push the connectors inside
  • Power up the devices and try the app again

This should invariably solve the issue. If it doesn’t, then check the HDMI cables for defects. In any case, get a new one.

Understanding the HDCP

Developed by Intel, High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection or HDCP proffers digital copy protection for audio as well as video content is transmitted digitally across connections. These devices can produce highest outputs at either 720p or 1080i or 1080p through the DVI or HDMI connections. Typically, these connections work on the HDCP encryption to transmit data. Every newly arrived HDTV comes with a compatible digital HDCP input.

In the early days, the HDCP copyright protected the commercial VHS tapes from being copied. Today, they employ a new type of technology called the High-bandwidth Digital Copy Protection or HDCP, which works over HDMI connections. It also extends to other digital players such as cable boxes, Blu-ray players and more importantly on Roku devices.

Latest introduction

A newer version of the copy protection technology known as the HDCP 2.2 is required if you are streaming 4K or 4K HDR content. It is also likely that it won’t work with your current entertainment systems because it is not backwards compatible.

All about HDCP 2.2

Designed to create a secure connection between a display and a source, the HDCP 2.2 is the latest evolution in copy protection. To make a copy of the content, apparently, you cannot plug it into some kind of recorder by taking the output from any source such as a Blu-ray player. As long as the cable is secure, HDCP doesn’t care what goes across the cable.

Because content encryptions and DRM or Digital Rights Management is governed separately. The source and the display (or sink) are connected with encrypted keys along with enabled repeaters within the chain. Content gets transferred only if the sink and the source are in agreement and understand their respective keys. You can take it for granted that there is an issue with the HDCP ‘Handshake’ when you see a blank screen when you get hooked up.

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