Has anyone in the UK watched HD movie rentals via an HDMI/HDCP connection

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bilbo--baggins, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2006
    I've got an HD Ready (which by definition means it supports HDCP) Toshiba LCD TV, connected to the Apple TV via an HDMI cable. When I try to play an HD movie rental on the Apple TV I get the message that I don't have an HDCP connection, and that I have to use component cables.

    Today I replaced my cheap HDMI cable with a new expensive one - but it made no difference. Both cables work fine except when I try to play the HD movie rental. In the About section, it shows connected via HDMI (HDCP off).

    It seems there are 2 possibilities. Either HDCP isn't working with my TV (I don't have any other HDCP devices to try it with), or perhaps there is some issue using HDCP content from the US with European TV? Is HDCP intended to provide some sort of 'region' coding?
  2. TEG
    macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    HD READY does not mean HDCP capable. HD READY means that it can support the HD resolutions. Nothing more. In the US is usually also means that it has no Digital Reciever, only analog. There has been a huge up roar here about all these HD READY sets sold that can't use the HD optical formats due to HDCP. Try connecting using component cables or a Component to SCART connector (assuming your computer has SCART).

    I also was unaware of the UK having iTunes Rentals. There may be some sort of region lockout with HDCP.

  3. macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007
    To qualify for the "HD Ready" logo in Europe, HDMI or DVI slots must support HDCP. Not that this in any way helps the OP, I'm afraid I've no idea what the problem might be.
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2006
    Certainly on Toshiba's web site they define HD Ready as including HDCP support.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2006
    I have got it working now.

    Peculiarly, when I selected Check for updates, it told me there was an update available. It installed it, restarted, and I can now watch the HD movie rental!

    Presumably there is no 'region lock' in HDCP which was one of my concerns.

    The software version still says 2.0 interestingly, and I've seen no reports of any Apple TV software updates since the big 2.0 came out earlier this week. Perhaps it detected that something was corrupted, or maybe Apple realised a problem early on and put out a slightly different version shortly after some of us upgraded?
  6. macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2007
    Sherman Oaks
    I have an InFocus projector using HDMI with my ATV, and I have had to unplug it and start it back up to get rid of the HDCP warning.
    After switching sources I get the warning again.
    But I found a quick fix.
    If I go to Settings / about and I see the HDMI (HDCP OFF)
    If I menu back to Settings and then back to about it is fixed.
    A lot easier than plugging and unplugging!
  7. macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2008
    off topic...

    How are you able to get Movie Rentals in the UK? I thought this new feature was only available in the US!

  8. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2002
    New England
    I'm also using infocus projector with my appletv and cannot figure out how to watch rental.

    When you say you unplug it, is that the projector or appletv?

    Are you still having problems?

    What model projector are you using?

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