HDCP computer issue and buying HD movies in iTunes

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by danpass, May 6, 2011.

  1. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    So I went into iTunes to order Tron in HD.

    BAM! "Your system is not HDCP compliant" or some DRM related crap like that.

    I don't care that its not compliant I'm going to be watching it on my ATV2.

    (thru the ATV2 there is only the rental option lol)

    So how do I get past/bypass this crap without having to update my video card in my Windows 7 PC? (I know its the vidcard. The monitor is HDCP and I had this once before when playing a blu-ray in the computer's Br drive. I had to crack the movie I purchased, copy it to the hd and it played fine)

    and it seems there is no longer an iTunes forum/sub-forum?
  2. roidy macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK
    Don't know if this will work but I see you've got an iPhone, try the following. Purchase the movie on your iPhone, then pause the download and go to your PC and in iTunes do a "Check for available downloads" and it should download ok. If that dosen't work then just download it on your iPhone and sync it back to your computer.
  3. danpass thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    I had already seen that the iPhone does indeed offer a direct purchase for HD. But it says that the SD version will be downloaded to the computer.

    I tried the $20 expirement today lol.

    Easy enough to purchase and download on the iPhone and it did sync to the computer.

    It hung for a while at the end. I thought it might end up telling me some HDCP/DRM crap about not transferring to this computer.

    Fortunately it worked out. It won't play on the computer but it looks great on the ATV2 :D
  4. quebeca macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2012
    Hi Danpass

    I was wondering if your solution was still working. Can I download my movies to my IPad than sync them back to my computer. I am considering going back to using Blu Ray. Here is what I got back from ITunes help... Then my responce. Still no help.

    > In order to purchase, rent, and view HD content from the iTunes Store on your
    computer, you need to have the latest version of iTunes installed. In addition,
    you will need to have components that support HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital
    Content Protection) installed on your computer.
    > Windows System Requirements for HD content:
    > 32 or 64-bit version of Windows 7; Windows XP and Vista do not support HDCP
    > iTunes 10 or later
    > 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor
    > At least 1 GB of RAM
    > A video driver that supports HDCP (you may need to check with the manufacturer
    to determine if your video driver supports HDCP)
    > A display that supports HDCP with a screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher
    with a digital connection (DVI, DisplayPort, or HDMI)
    > If your computer does not meet all of the above requirements, you will be
    unable to purchase, rent, or view HD content from the iTunes Store.
    > Note: If you are trying to view HD video on an external display, the display
    must have a digital connection (DVI, DisplayPort, or HDMI) and also support


    This makes no sense since I have downloaded HD content from iTunes in the near
    past. Further more, I am not downloading it to watch it from my computer but to
    use multiple apple TV boxes to watch the HD movies. I am only using the computer
    to store my media library. I know that I can download the HD Content to my IPad
    or IPhone but since the apple corporation has limited the size of storage on
    these devices I am left using the only alternative that I and millions of other
    users have. "A computer hard drive". So what is the point to apple and iTunes
    having a movie section when it is just as easy to go and buy a blu ray copy and
    use a blu ray player. They have taken an advancement in technology and made it
    worthless forcing the general user to resort in going back and using DVD's and
    Blu ray players. There is no reason that apple and iTunes should restrict the
    download of HD movies just because my Already digital video card won't play HD
    movies on a platform that I don't use to watch movies on. Please forward this
    email to someone in corporate as I am asking for an explanation that actually
    makes sense.



    Here is the Final responce with ITunes support... So, it seems intel along with Hollywood is causing this problem. Got to love copyright holders. Block this from pirates and oh what the hell, lets make it hard for legitimate general user to purchace stuff to.

    Hi Steve,

    Thank you for your reply. I understand that you have been able to purchase HD
    content with your computer in the past and realize that you want to view the
    items using your Apple TV. Steve, I completely understand your frustration and
    apologize for any inconvenience that this is causing you.

    Currently there are only a few studios that have imposed HDCP requirements on HD

  5. danpass thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    It is still working; download to iphone, sync to computer lol.

    Looks like I just need an HDCP card. I had upgraded to an HDMI monitor but the card does not have and HDMI output and the DVI output doesn't bypass the HDCP.

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